Ariza Blames Koncz, Diaz For Pacquiao Firing Rumors

By Lem Satterfield

Strength trainer Alex Ariza has a hunch about who started the recent rumors about his alleged ouster as an assistant to five-time Trainer of The Year, Freddie Roach, and as conditioner to eight-division titlist and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) champion Manny Pacquiao. Ariza is scheduled to help prepare Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) for his May 7 bout against three-division, five-time champion Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs).

Ariza believes the rumors of his firing by Pacquiao began with the fighter's adviser, Michael Koncz, and were later spread by the fighter's cutman, Miguel Diaz.

"From what I'm understanding, and from what was told to me, and what we figured out tonight, it was started by Michael Koncz. Manny said that he never said anything. I told him that they had said that what Freddie had told me was that Manny wanted a cut man instead of a strength and conditioning coach," Ariza said.

"So Freddie had already given me the heads-up that, 'Alex, something is rotten in Denmark, Michael's probably trying to get you fired again.' I would just say that it was brought to my attention that the rumors started with Michael Koncz. The information, from what was told to me tonight, was that it came from Michael Koncz."

Ariza and Koncz had been involved in a physical confrontation around November of 2009, when Pacquiao was preparing to face Miguel Cotto for the WBO welterweight title.

"Freddie said that Michael had told him that Manny wanted to have me removed from the corner. So I went back and I asked Manny, and Manny was like, 'I don't know what you're talking about.' So then I said, 'Michael just went to Freddie and said that you want me out of the corner.' He goes, 'No, I did not.' And that's when I f**king lost it," Ariza said.

"I went and I f**king smacked him. I smacked him good. That was the end of it. At the time, there were some secret service guys or government body guards or whatever and they jumped on me."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 02-13-2011

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;10088796]Pacquiao should keep Ariza and get rid of Koncz. Ariza does a great job getting Manny into shape. Koncz doesnt do sh*t.[/QUOTE] :nonono: Koncz enjoys a close relationship with Manny because he is held in a very high position of…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 02-13-2011

[QUOTE=tostao;10088717][B]ariza and konnz are not from the boxing world [/B]and act like two jealous whores[/QUOTE] It shows huh? :D

Comment by Drunk Punch on 02-11-2011

I wonder why so many people seem to fall out with coach Ariza.

Comment by serv on 02-11-2011

Michael [B]CON[/B]cz, the termite.

Comment by AFighter4U on 02-11-2011

Konz long term(business out side of boxing), Ariza short term(as long as he can box) = Manny keeps both of them.

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