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Mayweather, Roach Differ on The Worth of Alex Ariza

By Edward Chaykovsky

During the pre-fight promotion, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza was often a topic of discussion for Saturday's mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Ariza had worked with Pacquiao for several years, until the Filipino star's trainer Freddie Roach fired him in 2012. Roach has since hired back Pacquiao's original conditioning coach, Justin Fortune.

Earlier this year, Ariza started working with Mayweather, who believes the coach played a very important role in Pacquiao's run of success (at least for the five years when they were working together).

"The key piece to many Manny Pacquiao victories in the past was Alex Ariza. Alex was great for Manny. Things happen. People outgrow one another," Mayweather said to the LA Times.

Roach has a different view on Ariza. He felt the conditioning coach was often overstepping his boundaries.

“[First he was the conditioning coach], then he wanted to be the cut man and take Miguel Diaz’s job,” Roach said. “Then he started giving Manny advice in the corner and I’m like, ‘What … are you doing?’ I got a little tired of it,” Roach said of Ariza’s behavior. “Manny’s a nice guy, didn’t want to get rid of him.”

“I’m tired of watching him stretch you for an hour every day,” Roach said he told Pacquiao. “You’re an athlete, you know how to stretch yourself. You don’t need a guy in there like hugging and kissing, like he’s making love because he wanted to feel needed. It was a good stretch, don’t get me wrong, but I was tired of it."

"I'm really happy that Alex Ariza is in that other corner. What can he tell Mayweather? That Manny’s fast? Yeah. The moves that Manny makes? No. He doesn’t understand boxing like that. He’s a strength coach. And he goes over his boundaries every time."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-27-2015

The value that a S&C adds to a camp is well-documented, and not new. I dont really like Ariza, but by all accounts he is a superb S&C coach. So, it stands to reason, Ariza will add quality input into…

Comment by toff on 04-27-2015

"He used to give Manny [Pacquiao] a drink every day before we worked out and I asked him, 'What's in that drink,' and he would never tell me" Freddie the joke coach roach.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 04-27-2015

Freddie has said that he's only had 2 fighters that he believed used PEDs/steroids under his watch. Those fighters are James Toney, and Justin Fortune. Freddie slams Ariza for "suspect" shakes, fires Ariza, but he hired Justin Fortune. It's funny…

Comment by Luilun on 04-27-2015

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;15611338]I wonder if Ariza is even training Mayweather. Has anyone seen him in any of the Showtime footage of Inside May/Pac??? I haven't!!!! Mayweather decide to go chop wood logs to get a workout in the last episode. I doubt…

Comment by Evol on 04-27-2015

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;15611338]I wonder if Ariza is even training Mayweather. Has anyone seen him in any of the Showtime footage of Inside May/Pac??? I haven't!!!! Mayweather decide to go chop wood logs to get a workout in the last episode. I doubt…

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