Ariza: Pacquiao Gets a "10" For Recent Sparring Effort

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Strength and conditioning coach Alex couldn’t hide his elation over “Fighter of the Decade”MannyPacquiao’s performance after two weeks of training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach in preparation for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 8.

Ariza told the Standard that on Saturday, his sixth day of sparring, Pacquiao “was amazing.”

Ariza told us Pacquiao sparred eight rounds, three with the Russian sparring partner whom he had earlier described as “a beast” and five with longtime sparring partner Raymund Beltran.

Asked to assess Pacquiao’s performance after two weeks Ariza said “on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give him a 10 but hate doing that because I don’t want to set myself up since I don’t know what’s going to happen over the next two weeks.”

Ariza emphasized that “right now I see a Manny Pacquiao that says he wants to be the old Manny Pacquiao, we've seen in the old Manny the resiliency,  got somebody  tries to hurt people when he hits them.

He said “this is a different Manny for sure” compared to the eight division champion who appeared to have lost his desire to fight and looked sluggish and not focused in his past three fights.

Ariza noted that there are no distractions this time around and Pacquiao lets his legs rest when he needs to,  and he’s looking better.

Ariza gave Filipino trainer “Buboy” Fernandez “credit for doing the  punch-mitts when Freddie is not there. He’s pushing himself, he’s making Manny work on his speed and I’m seeing a whole different Pacquiao. Its like the old times when we were gutting it out.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAPete on 11-19-2012

Maybe it's time for the author to get Ariza's nutz off of his chin? Alex is a S&C coach and does not have the credibility to comment on Pac's sparring. Again, he is NOT a boxing coach so why on…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 11-12-2012

This is always the case before every Pacquiao fight and after the 4th Marquez fight there will be more excuses and that's not hating but actual facts throughout the history of Pacquiao lousy performances (so they claim) Manny is not…

Comment by Canelo Phresh on 11-12-2012

This guy needs to cover RJJ.

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 11-12-2012

Every training camp every fighter looks amazing in sparring and camp. It's protocol when selling a fight, boxing 101.

Comment by boricuajr23 on 11-12-2012

12 Oct 2011. Apparently Pacquiao was complete going into the 3rd fight. [URL=""][/URL]

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