Advertisement
Advertisement

Roach Denies Internal Rift With Ariza Over Pacquiao

By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, I caught wind of an article from my colleague Michael Marley, as he reported on an apparent rift taking place inside of Manny Pacquiao’s camp between trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza. Apparently, Roach was thinking of coming to Pacquiao and suggesting that the eight-division champion either choose his services or that of Ariza.

Catching up the five-time trainer of the year inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center moments before his fighter Amir Khan’s weigh-in for his bout with Danny Garcia tomorrow night, Roach revealed to me that reports of any inner turmoil taking place between him and Ariza simply aren’t true.

“That’s a complete lie,” Roach insisted. “I spoke to Manny yesterday for the first time since the fight and we talking. I ordered him a new belt for his gym in the Philippines and he asked me when he would leave the money and I told him ‘Manny, you can keep it for free’. That was the end of our discussion. He told me he’s going to meet with Bob [Arum] in a few weeks and we’ll decide on who he’s going to fight then.”

Roach insists that everything is up to Pacquiao as far as the Filipino superstar selecting who he works with and it is an issue that Roach won’t intervene on.

“Me and Alex Ariza, he’s not together with Amir Khan anymore, Chavez Jr., but him and Manny have some type of relationship,” Roach continued. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen there. That’s going to be Manny’s call. It’s not my call. The thing is, it will be up to Manny who he wants as he strength coach. Because the strength coach doesn’t work for me. They work for the fighter.”

Recent Coverage from Chris Robinson
CRHarmony YouTube Page for an inside look at the world of boxing in videos
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cazadores on 07-13-2012

Why deny something you admitted and showed on 24/7.

Comment by Panginoon on 07-13-2012

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;12331601]Fire Ariza and he sells his story for about as much as he would cost to retain as a conditioning coach. Pretty much a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.[/QUOTE] Sells what story, exactly? If you're implying that Pac is on…

Comment by spoonwars on 07-13-2012

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;12331628]Chavez Jr hasn't fired him at all and Khan's story is worth less than the percentage of one Pacquiao fight.[/QUOTE] Correct me if I'm wrong, but Roach was quoted in the article that Ariza's no longer with both Chavez and…

Comment by DeadLikeMe on 07-13-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12331621]If your logic is true, did you ever stop and think why Ariza didn't rat out Chavez Jr or Khan yet?[/QUOTE]Chavez Jr hasn't fired him at all and Khan's story is worth less than the percentage of one Pacquiao fight.

Comment by spoonwars on 07-13-2012

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;12331601]Fire Ariza and he sells his story for about as much as he would cost to retain as a conditioning coach. Pretty much a lose-lose situation for everyone involved.[/QUOTE] If your logic is true, did you ever stop and think…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Golovkin's Promoter on Carl Froch: You Can't Force Guys To Fight Photos: David Peralta With Cinderella Shocker of Robert Guerrero Golovkin's Coach: We'd Fight Andre Ward, But He Can't Make 168 Frank Warren Smiles: Chris Eubank Jr. Can't Run Away This Time! Hernandez Will Head Back To 154 After Stunning Alfredo Angulo Hammer Backs Klara Svensson To Defeat Mikaela Lauren Daniela Bermudez Stuns Mariana Juarez in Mexico City Shields Leaves Door Open For Third Olympic Gold in 2020 Mayweather: They Ask a Thousand Times - I'm NOT Coming Back! Guerrero Claims Robbery: I Clearly Won, 116-112 Score Was Crazy! Peralta: I Was a Cab Driver, Now I Beat Robert Guerrero! Miguel Marriaga Blasts Out Robb, Jose Felix Crushes Frankel Yazmin Rivas Earns Debatable Split Nod Over Jessica Gonzalez David Peralta a Ghost Buster, Stuns Robert Guerrero in Upset Win Rod Salka Returns To Beat a Game Savi, Devin Haney Wins Isaac Dogboe Impressive, Dominates Neil John Tabanao Freddy Hernandez Shocks Alfredo Angulo With Big Decision Win Terrell Gausha Snags Tough Decision Win Over Steve Martinez Avni Yildirim Dominates Aaron Pryor Jr. Over Ten Rounds Cuadras To Chocolatito: I'm Good, I'm Very Handsome, I'll KO You Euro News: Imre Szello, Lauren vs. Svensson Card, Pierre Madsen Promoters Coming Together To Fight New Laws in New York Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kazuto Ioka is Likely Purse Bid Bound Kovalev vs. Ward T-Mobile Arena Ticket Information Liam Smith: I Can Take Canelo's Shots, I Want To Test His Chin! Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight Casimero Training Very Hard For Edwards, Says Promoter Hearn Hopeful For Callum Johnson Commonwealth Challenge Golovkin's Coach: Eubank Sr. Telling Lies, Must Come To His Senses Vargas Confident: I Really Think I'm Knocking Manny Pacquiao Out! Golovkin: This is Different, I'm Not Doing What Canelo Did! Frank Warren on Eubank vs. Langford, Flanagan's Options Edwards Confident of Shocking Casimero on Golovkin vs. Brook Con Sheehan Signs With MGM, Will Fight Twice In A Week LaRon Mitchell Goes The Distance, Danny Roman Wins Mikaela Lauren Promises To Drill Klara Svensson For The Count
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement