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Ariza Slams Pacquiao's Entire Team: He Needs Better!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza held few words back when discussing Manny Pacquiao's twelve round decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Ariza had previously worked with Pacquiao for several years - until he was fired by trainer Freddie Roach in 2013. Since the start of the year, Ariza was assisting Mayweather in his training camp.

Since last year, Ariza has been very critical of Pacquiao's corner and said the Filipino star needs to revamp his entire team if he intends to become the Pacquiao of old.

“Clearly he’s not (the same). But that’s not to say he’s not capable of being that Manny. Tonight I just saw a Manny that was fighting by himself. I did not see any direction, I did not see them trying to set up things to turn the fight into Manny’s way. Manny was doing the same thing every round,” he told Rappler in an exclusive interview.

“I think the old Manny is still there he just needs a better team that can bring that out in him. I just think those people are not competent enough to do that. I think you look at the Manny back then and you look at the Manny now. If we got half of the Manny we got back then, I think it would’ve been a much better fight tonight. He got shut out.”

Ariza also said he doesn't believe Pacquiao lied about a right shoulder injury coming into the fight, but again blames the team for allowing the boxer to move forward with the contest.

“I don’t think he’s lying but every fighter has to fight with injuries and have to overcome certain things like that, physical ailments that happen in camp. I don’t think any fighter goes in there 100%. We had a lot of rough sparring we had injuries as well, but we use a lot of new scientific methods in the recovery and I think that helped us,” Ariza said.

“You can’t blame Manny for his injuries, you can only blame his team for not being smart enough, for not having the knowledge to address those issues. I don’t see that there should be any excuses in this, you should just take your loss and just say ‘Hey he was the better guy tonight, my team obviously didn’t prepare me the way they should’ve.’”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-04-2015

[QUOTE=Hype job;15642091][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/1SdrbFz.gif[/IMG][/QUOTE] :lol1: :lol1:

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-04-2015

[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel;15641989]Ariza is 100% right!!...Roach is a clown!!..[B]before the fight he went on for years about Floyd's legs being gone..[/B].after 36 minutes of boxing 101 taught to Roach's fav pupil by professor Floyd...all of sudden Floyd's legs returned and allowed…

Comment by SonofZorro on 05-04-2015

Freddy needs laid badly. Fred is in more a desired need of a BJ than any other man on earth. Way to much built up pressure inside of the fred. Shake needs an explosion eruption of seismograph proportion.

Comment by Biolink on 05-04-2015

Ariza had Manny looking unstoppable. Then dude got too lazy and said all fvck all the swimming and extra shyt that had him looking untouchable in the first place.

Comment by hectari on 05-04-2015

[QUOTE=Ariza's Shakes;15641681]Ariza still obviously cares about Manny. Manny and Ariza worked really well together but obviously politics and money is more important than Boxing itself so **** like this happens.[/QUOTE] Ariza and Manny were best friends, Pac even bought him…

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