Mayweather: Major Change in Pacquiao After Ariza Left

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

FLOYD Mayweather Jr., who will face Manny Pacquiao in a massive showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, has already started loosening up before he begins serious training for what is arguably the greatest fight in the history of boxing.

Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza told the Manila Standard/Viva Sports that he is scheduled to sit down with the undisputed pound-for-pound king and undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion on Tuesday to discuss terms of his conditioning.

Mayweather has already said his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., will handle his training at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas and the two-division world champion has talked about his training already.

Pacquiao has been training quietly for the past two weeks in the Pacman Wild Card Gym in his hometown of General Santos City and has looked sharp.

He spent Sunday morning preaching at a praise and worship service in the “Word For Everyone” church.  He will go running at 6 a.m. on Monday and told Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN that he would play in the PBA game of KIA Carnival on Wednesday.

When asked what he believes his advantage over Mayweather is, Pacquiao replied “speed.”

In what may be considered the beginning of a “psy war” campaign, Mayweather claimed in an interview with his close friend and supporter Ben Thompson of Fight Hype: “We forced them to fight. We gave them no choice. Al (Haymon) and Bob (Arum) and HBO and Showtime were going back and forth, trying to make the fight happen. It was a battle, but everybody is happy now and it’s time to give the people what they want to see.”

Mayweather recalled “ Everyone was saying, ‘Sign the contract! Sign the contract!’ As soon as Arum signed and as soon as Manny signed, Al Haymon brought the contract right to me and I signed the contract with no problem at all.”

In a somewhat surprising twist and change of attitude, Mayweather made it clear: “I’m not here to say anything negative about Bob or say anything negative about Manny. That’s not my job to do. I’m a boxer/entertainer and my job is to go out there and entertain and be the best that I can be. I’m just happy that we were able to make the fight happen. I can’t wait.”

Asked how importantly he viewed the Pacquiao fight, Mayweather replied: “I don’t feel that one fight defines my legacy. To me, it’s just another day. It’s just another fight. I mean, when you just look at the tale of the tape, I have a longer reach, I’m taller, I’m stronger, and I’m more accurate. I think I’ve seen a major change in Pacquiao when Alex Ariza left his training camp. Which is a great thing Alex is working with me now. He’s a strength and conditioning coach and he’s a great guy.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DonSimon87 on 02-24-2015

[QUOTE=DominiBox;15406708]^This .... perfect! They don't talk about Ariza shakes anymore. I find amazing that Pacquiao didn't HAVE to leave Arum, leave HBO or [B]accept the 40MM NO ppv offer[/B] that some biased fanboys here found fair. He still with TR.…

Comment by Daddy T on 02-24-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;15406665]speed is not andvantage for anyone vs floyd..[B]manny you are not faster..maybe just as fast..floy[/B]d is cat quick from hand to head to foot..hell even the bend of his waist is quick..dont be idiots[/QUOTE] i wouldn't say floyd is as…

Comment by lutenco on 02-24-2015

Who can believe in him again??? A-side that was blocking Maidana if he didn't fight with soft gloves wanna make us believe Arum could block this fight with all this money involved and being B-side...... LMAO, EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD…

Comment by FloydvsPac on 02-23-2015

Wow! Is now a good time for Floyd to change his trash-talking tactics??? Seems like he doesn't want to paint himself as the heel for this fight. Changing psychology now may not be a good sign for Floyd or his…

Comment by ADP02 on 02-23-2015

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;15408011]Name one fighter that held Mayweather at a significant speed disadvantage for 12 rds? Manny is fast with combos but Floyd is also fast with counters. [B]All Floyd would have to do is time Pacquiao big a couple of times…

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