Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rios: We Didn't Hire Ariza For Inside Info on Pacquiao!

By Luis Sandoval

As the days draw nearer for Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao to square off on November 23rd in Macau, China, more underlying stories appear to be developing. One of the biggest ones is that Rios is now working with Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza in preparation for this fight.

Ariza has worked with Pacquiao since 2008 when Pacquiao was preparing for his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez. Since then, Ariza had been instrumental in preparing Pacquiao for his fights and the constant moves up in weight classes throughout the years. But in a surprising turn of events, Ariza was fired from Team Pacquiao and since then his services are now being used by Rios.

BoxingScene caught up with Brandon in Oxnard and was asked if bringing in Ariza was done to be able to have an advantage over Pacquiao knowing Ariza had worked closely with him for the last 6 years.

“Honestly it’s just that me and Robert [Garcia] made the decision. I don't make decisions by myself. Robert asked me and I said 'it’s up to you Robert, whatever you want, I'm down'. So Robert said yes and we both made the decision together and decided it would be best for us” said Rios.

“It’s not because 'Oh, he knows Pacquiao very well' or stuff like that. Ariza hasn't told us anything about what Pacquiao does wrong or stuff like that. He hasn't said sh*t like that. We're not worrying about that. We're not cheaters. We don't need him [to tell us] his game plan or what Pacquiao does wrong. We don't need that”.

For Rios the hiring of Ariza is strictly to get himself in the best physical shape possible and given how good Ariza has worked with other fighters, it made sense to bring him in. While many might think hiring Ariza will be a mental edge knowing Pacquiao will look across the ring and see his former conditioning coach, that’s not the case. According to Rios, Ariza will not be working his corner on fight night as that’s not his role in this camp.

“[Ariza] just does great exercise [and preparation]; that's what he does. His job is to get my physically strong and that's it. He's not in the corner, he's not doing nothing [else]. Robert and Donald [Leary] are the ones in the corner and [Robert’s] dad. So that's what it comes down to” Rios would tell BoxingScene.

Rios says working with Ariza has been very beneficial and he already feels physically strong and ready.

“Ariza does great work. He knows what he's doing and he's feeding us right. He has great exercises, great vitamins; he's got everything great” informed Rios.

Rios will be fighting for the first time in the Welterweight division and we’ll see if Ariza is able to provide him the same preparation he afforded Pacquiao when he ventured into new weight classes.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter and Instagram on @Truewest007.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ModernTalking on 10-29-2013

Ariza is a little B!t(h for taking the Rios fight. PAC is like a good friend to Ariza, whatever happened between team PAC and Ariza is between Roach and Arum. Every time ***** goes down PAC is always there to…

Comment by Epie2 on 10-29-2013

Ariza will not be able to show himself in Rios' corner, as Robert Garcia made this clear to him, unlike when he was with Pac that he overshadowed Roach's presence in Pac's corner.

Comment by Supreme Being on 10-28-2013

yeah right!:boxing:

Comment by Mack Maxner on 10-28-2013

Of course you didnt hire him for inside info. You hired him because you needed a S and C coach and after 2 fights together you magically cant come to an agreement for another fight using Heredia. Funny how that…

Comment by lets rumble on 10-28-2013

ariza cant even give rios them SPECIAL MILKSHAKES because pac has requested random drug testing . quite funny that ariza leaves pac and NOW pac requests random drug testing ????????

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (30)
Top Headlines Castano Still Not Paid For Win Over Michel Soro, Legal Action Looms Hughie Fury: When I Say I'll Knock Parker Out, I'll Knock Him Out! Team Ramirez Dedicate Hart Fight To Mexico Earthquake Victims Photos: Sergey Kovalev, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy - Face To Face Michael Conlan Aims To Impress With Big Win in Tuscon Photos: Parker vs. Fury Erupts in Near Brawl at Weigh-In Jesus Soto Karass vs. Juan Carlos Abreu - ESPN, November 2 Valdez on Servania: There Was a Time Nobody Knew Pacquiao, Too Daniel Jacobs: Billy Joe Saunders is Running Scared To Death! Sergey Kovalev: 'Maybe' Virgil Hunter Will Train Me, 'Maybe Not' Kathy Duva on Sergey Kovalev's Current Market Value Ken Shiro-Pedro Guevara - WBC Clash Set For Loaded Tokyo Card Frank Warren Gives Take on Rio Ferdinand Becoming a Boxer Hughie Fury: Skin Condition Poisoned By Blood - Fully Fit Now! Joseph Parker Aims To Have Many More Fights on UK Soil Golovkin's Promoter: GGG's Legacy at Stake in Canelo Rematch Photos: Canelo Helping Earthquake Victims in Mexico Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury and Who's Number Two? Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Return, Andre Ward's Retirement Ward: When You Don't Have Desire, Shouldn't Be in Boxing Ring Roach Still Hopes Pacquiao-Horn Rematch Will Happen in 2018 Kosei Tanaka Out for Two Months Due To Eye Socket Fractures Video: Bernard Hopkins Gets Deep on Canelo vs. Golovkin Video: Jorge Linares Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Mikey Garcia, More Kovalev Laughs: I Said I'd Stop Andre Ward's Career - It's True! Video: Kathy Duva Talks Kovalev Return, Ward Retirement Video: Lou DiBella Talks Wilder vs. Ortiz, Joshua, More Photos: Linares, Campbell - Go Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Valdez-Servania, Ramirez-Hart - On Weight For War Jorge Linares: I Want The Best - Mikey Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko Froch: No Sour Grapes, But I'm Not Sad To See Andre Ward Go Gabe Rosado vs. Glen Tapia - Golden Boy on ESPN, October 19 Luis Ortiz Fires Back at Wilder: Don't Get Caught With Weed Again! Barthelemy-Ramirez: Donation Going To Earthquake Victims Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Secured By Showtime Matty Askin Out Of British Title Clash With Stephen Simmons Lee Selby Voices Frustrations At Not Landing Big Fights Kovalev on Ward's Retirement: Good for Boxing, Fans & Division! DiBella: ‘This is Some Crazy Sh*t’ Wilder Is Doing With Luis Ortiz! Dorticos-Kudryashov: 10% of Gate Going To Hurricane Relief Effort
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement