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In 20 Days Rios Is Going Down!!!!


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In 20 Days Rios Is Going Down!!!!

There will be no excuses from Brandon Rios. No excuses from the self hyped Alex Ariza. No excuses from Robert Garcia when their fighter falters on the biggest stage of his life.

Rios just wasn’t meant for the big time. He can’t handle himself like a real champion.

When the lights turn on Rios will be stuck like a deer in the headlights and will get ran over by the lightning quick strikes of a lion ready to pounce.

In 20 Days Rios Is Going Down!!!!

Brandon Rios is just starting to make the trip to China. Rios still needs to get acclimated to the new time zone. Get rid of the jet lag. Find the right foods to eat. Start his training over again in a new country. It’s not easy and Rios isn’t prepared physically nor mentally to handle this.

Pacquiao thrives and excels under these circumstances. He longs to be in the ring and he knows how important this fight is to his fans.

He won’t let you down!

In 20 Days Rios Is Going Down!!!!

Manny Pacqiuao-Strength and Conditioning Neglected For Rios?


It has been reported that Manny Pacquiao will have a solid 10-12 weeks of camp.

Freddie Roach will only be working with Manny Pacquiao for the final 4 weeks of camp.

This being noted, how will Freddie Roach work the strength and conditioning of Manny Pacquiao if he is not even in camp?

Freddie Roach has gone on record to say Alex Ariza is one of the best strength and conditioning coaches.

It is a fact that Alex was asked to be let go by Freddie Roach, because of personal issues.

Is Roach letting his personal issues effect the biggest fight in the Pacman’s career? Is Pacquiao getting the best training he can get?

What are your thoughts?

Leave your comments hear for Manny to read

Alex Ariza defends his work, says Freddie Roach became more interested in being a TV star than a trainer

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Alex Ariza, who was let go Wednesday after five years as Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, said he wants nothing but the best for Pacquiao but said trainer Freddie Roach has become a problem.

Ariza became a prominent figure in Pacquiao’s camp by aiding his rise in weight. He helped as Pacquiao moved up and became one of the dominant fighters of the 21st centry. Ariza said he worked for Pacquiao, not Roach, and that Roach didn’t have the ability to fire him. But Ariza said he heard rumblings that he may be let go from Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee. He said if Pacquiao wanted him out, he didn’t want to cause any problems and would accept it.

He said that Roach became a changed man after the 2012 HBO series on him, “On Freddie Roach,” was broadcast. Roach was more of a celebrity than a fight trainer from that point on, Ariza said.


“My fiancee is real good friends with Jinkee, Manny’s wife, and she said that Freddie had been complaining about this, that and the other for the last couple of weeks, so it wasn’t a surprise,” Ariza said. “It didn’t come as too much of a shock, because over the course of the last couple of fights, obviously, Freddie and I were having differences of opinion on how to train Manny.

“After [Roach was] nagging him too much, I’m sure Manny felt he didn’t need that much disarray in the camp. That’s OK. But I don’t work for Freddie and I haven’t in a couple of years.”

Ariza said the problems between he and Roach began after Pacquiao’s fight with Antonio Margarito in 2010. He said Roach and he never hit it off after that point


Arum continues Chavez Jr. games after losing battle with Manny!


Keith Terceira

It appears that Boob Arum, freshly wounded from the loss in removing Alex Ariza from Manny Pacquiao’s camp or corner, has ratcheted up the war on the strength and conditioning coach. When you carry options on Andy Lee, should he defeat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, I guess you can afford to mess with a champion’s camp.

In the recently released photo above Julio is shown working with another strength and conditioning coach , but is it voluntarily, as Arum has banned Ariza from both the gated community that he has placed Chavez as well as the Top Rank Gym.

This is just the type of situation that Ariza accused that  Arum was developing while Ariza was in Baguio working to train Manny, which forced Alex to leave Pacquiao and go to Chavez Jr., so not to lose his position.  Not only did this entire power play by Arum according to Ariza , affect Pacquiao but now, no telling what the result will be on Julio’s camp. Is it possible that Julio may lose the title on the scales to Andy Lee and be forced to move up in weight as his body continues to grow and thicken without his normal conditioning coach, who is familiar with his body and weight loss needs.

Or is that the plan, lose the belt on the scales, win the fight and force a move north in the divisions?

That could move Julio into the super middleweight class and perhaps maneuver an Andre Ward bout with Top Rank and Goosen ,with Arum asking  for options on Ward from Goosen, who just signed a contract extension with Andre. As best as we can tell Pavlik is the only Super-middle on the Top Rank roster.

“Bob arum has banned me from Chavez’s gated community And says he will have me arrested for trespassing if i show up TR gym with Julio.”

Could this  be deemed tortious interference both for this new conditioning coach as well as Arum if Alex Ariza has a contract signed by Julio?

Holding Julio hostage and not allowing his strength and conditioning coach access just doesn’t seem like a promoter with a sense for the fight game or informed on what it takes to train for a title defense, but Bob Arum is very crafty and wrote the book on the boxing business .

According to Ariza tweets;

“He told Julios errand boy Shawn Gibbons to tell if I went to TR gym to train Juilo to call the Cops and have me arrested”

“Maybe it doesn’t matter to him if Julio lose because he has options on Andy Lee, win win for Arum.”

“I only hope that Bob fines a professional with a medical to asst. Julio to make weight properly.”

u still got that Arum ban?” Unfortunately he has made it impossible for me to train Julio. I wish him the Best of luck.

“Never before has a promoted put his agenda for far b4 the fighters- despicable.”

We’ll pass this on to our legal eagle and see if he can better inform us on this situation.

Where will Freddie Roach stand if Julio wants Ariza in his corner come fight night?

Below is the press release issued by Top Rank that seems to throw Ariza under the bus as both Ariza and JCC manager William Keene, have confirmed that Ariza is supposed to be the strength and conditioning coach for Julio.

WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (L) works with strength and conditioning coach Luis Cornejo (R) during training for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.

Photo Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank.

Ariza will be in corner come Saturday Showdown! Updated


Keith Terceira

Well the controversy has been halted at least where Alex Ariza and Manny Pacquiao are concerned, and according to Ariza, there was never a problem with Freddie.

“As far as I was concerned that stuff was fabricated and scripted, who knows how they did it or how they worded it to Freddie, you just don’t know. I’ve been with Freddie five years, if he had a problem he would talk to me about it. Maybe they caught him on  a bad day or whatever, however it happened. I can’t even speak on it because I don’t know what they are talking about. First I was firede from Manny,  then I was fired from Khan , now I’m fired from Julio, according to HBO, I’m the most non-working fired person I know”

We keep checking with Arixza when these stories break because over the course of the last couple months all these CURRENT issues had been addressed by MP8 already and the news keeps swirling. Of course that gives us something to write about and entertains fans.

“Manny told me before that it doesn’t matter what the media says it only matters what I say.” Ariza continued ” If HBO was a legitimate, responsible, and credible journalistic show that reported real behind the scene stuff, they would have known weeks ago that Manny number one was never going to get rid of me, my job in the corner should have never been questioned, because it would have been real simple to go to Manny and ask Manny “Is Alex in the corner” and he would have said “yeh absolutely,he has been with me for seven fights and in my corner for five”. As far as I was concerned , and I always get my Que from Freddie, Freddie has always spoken to me about how we were gonna work this and how we were gonna work that come fight night, and it never crossed my mind that I was out of the corner. Manny just says don’t talk about it anymore and I’m gonna leave it alone.”

In an interview with Rick Reeno of Freddie confirmed what we printed earlier today

“Its going to be Alex Ariza, Miguel Diaz and Buboy. I had a long talk with Pacquiao last night. There are no issues . Everyone knows their roles and nobody will be stepping on each other’s toes.  if Manny gets cut, Miguel Diaz will be the guy working on it,” Roach said.

Roach - Ariza Conflict Update!


Keith Terceira

Photo Credit; Stacey Verbeek

Alex Ariza has always held that HBO is fabricating the drama swirling around him and Freddie Roach…

Another example of HBO’s lack of interest in Pacquiao’s workouts was put out there this morning while Manny and Team were preparing for the morning run.

“I’ll fill you in, since HBO not here as usual… We are checking Mannys weight and planning the morning training…”

“I won’t talk to them cause it’s a scripted show… Not cool to the fans thinking its real.”

Ariza also sent this twitter message out that appears to confirm that the whole 24/7 conflict garbage is scripted

“you & @FreddieRoach still cool though right? That’s just @HBOboxing scripted reality drama right?”(AA response) Of course we are, HBO garbage

We’ll keep you posted as the fight week drama continues!

Khan jumps in on Ariza Smackdown!


Keith Terceira

Photo credit; Stacey Verbeek

Amir Khan who now suddenly considers himself, the previous number two guy in the shrinking stable of fighters trained by Alex Ariza, stated yesterday that he never gave permission for Alex Ariza to leave him  during training in Baguio.

Right around April 21, Ariza left the Philippines to train with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with the permission of his CONTRACTED (save that for future reference) boss Manny Pacquiao ..

By May 8th , two weeks later the news broke that Peterson had failed his drug test for the Khan fight, and the entire card was called off, but Khan still contends that Ariza left him, though, two things were happening simultaneously.

Peterson failed drug tests were known and yet to be released to the press.

Alex Ariza had no signed contract to even work with Amir Khan for the Peterson rematch.

Khan has still come out with the following statement;

“Alex left my camp in the middle.  Manny said it was okay to leave - but I didn’t -  I was his number two fighter. My new strength coach is down to earth. He doesn’t want his name mentioned ,” Khan said

Alex Ariza informed MP8 shortly after leaving camp;

“Amir and I had no contract to train him for the Peterson fight, they never signed one”

Ariza also re-explained his position on Twitter ;

“He didn’t give me permission, that’s because I didn’t ask for it. Julio and I havé contract, the Khans didn’t, it was a Con game”

In my neck of the woods , no contract means no work, no work means no shoes for the baby, so I wonder why Amir is jumping on the bandwagon to slam Ariza, if he didn’t even bother to hire the guy in the first place. You have to have money on the table before you have a right to control the movements of an employee, at least in America.

Khan who holds no title, was defeated by a Peterson with a normal testosterone level instead of low, can’t truly believe he is the number two guy in the group of Manny , Julio and Khan. Perhaps someday Julio and Khan will meet in the ring to decide that for themselves.

Is Khan just following Freddie Roach’s lead in slamming Ariza?

Roach continues tensions, Ariza may not be in corner!


Keith Terceira

The thought that Pacquiao might train for the Bradley bout with less tension and drama in camp , was just, that a thought, after the 24/7 boxing drama production continued to focus on tension versus training.

Manny has been relatively silent, he has stayed focused on his spiritual renewal , and he appears to be in the best shape we have seen him in the last few years, but unfortunately, some members of the team can’t come to grips with the fact that Manny is the boss, and ultimately decides whom he employs.

Once again Freddie Roach, whose attempted power play of  getting Alex  Ariza removed from Team Pacquiao as strength and conditioning coach was halted by “Boss” Pacquiao , decided to pull another move just days before facing Timothy Bradley in a fight that Pacquiao needs to be superb in order to influence a Mayweather 50/50 split.

“Manny likes him and wants him on board, so that’s the way it is,” said Roach. “Alex will be there until the fight and once we get to the fight and I put down my four corner men, he won’t be on the list.”

One thing is certain , if Manny Pacquiao desires that Alex Ariza is in his corner the night of the fight, he will be there, irregardless of Freddie Roach’s plans.

“I said some things on 24/7 last night that Alex might not like,” stated Roach. “If he has something to say to me about it, he’ll say it. But I won’t let it affect my fighter and I know what’s important here and that’s the focus of Manny Pacquiao.”

Roach, who continuously contradicts himself in front of cameras, doesn’t seem to realize that his opinions towards Ariza, which frankly may not be his own, but more of Bob Arum’s pulling on the puppet strings, has an effect on the champ, as he continuously slams Ariza in the press creating exactly the tensions he proclaims to wish to avoid.

This camp was supposed to be drama free, with no sinful influences, with less entourage, with less leakage of inner strife, instead has become even more tension-packed because Roach, Arum , and the media seem to be attempting to remove Ariza, whose “pull no punches” style towards the bunch, including Michael Koncz, is a balancing force inside Pacquiao’s world of deceit.

After several interviews with Ariza, what comes to the forefront is that Alex is actually fond of Manny Pacquiao and that fondness will transcend his employment status. I would not be surprised if Ariza has an exit strategy planned in case the pressure on Manny to replace him gets to great. It is my personal belief that Ariza has no desire to see Manny harmed by people less than genuine towards his friend, so watch for an explosion of grand proportions should Team Arum succeed.

Ariza has been unusually select or  silent, when compared to other people pushing drama in camp, and MP8 was informed that Manny has instructed Alex to let things go and not speak until the fight is complete.

There has always been pressure to remove Ariza, whose carefree style, blatant honesty. and open hostility against HBO irks the ones attempting to control Manny, but now it appears to be a group effort between Roach and Arum, Roach taking the front-line offensive in Pacquiao camp, and according to Ariza, Bob waging guerrilla warfare in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s camp creating issues that distract both Alex and ultimately Pacquiao.

All this side action and drama only makes it appear that Team Arum desires to get Pacquiao defeated, instead of protect him from anything Alex Ariza could do. Like during the removal of VisionQWest, it seems that all guns are pointed at Ariza, with the intent to drive him off, but this time Pacquiao is standing his ground, at least for now.

“Arum won’t let Manny fight anyone outside Top Rank fighters, Manny wants to fight Sergio Martinez but you won’t see it.” Ariza has stated.

Let’s see come fight night, whether Ariza is in the corner or if Roach’s battle-plan is executed!


Ariza’s Job Safe with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.


Keith Terceira

Contrary to reports printed elsewhere on the internet, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza’s job with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is secure.

MP8 contacted Julio’s manager Billy Keene this morning in regards to reports that not only was Ariza no longer training Amir Khan but was out from Julio’s camp.

Keene confirmed today via email that the report was false.

“News to me. Alex is in.”

Ariza , who technically was not even with Khan while Khan was in the Phillipines, notified us in an interview a few weeks ago that

“Khan and I never had a contract completed and signed to train for the Peterson fight,  and I have no hard feelings , I wish them luck.”

The whole incident stemmed from Manny and Alex, not disclosing to Freddie Raoch that Alex would be returning to the USA to train Julio for the Andy Lee bout and would pick up training upon’s Pacquiao’s return to the Wild Card.

Roach rather than take offense with Pacquiao not informing him , decided to hold Ariza accountable for the slight, unfortunately for Freddie , Alex works for Manny and not Roach , so there was no need for Ariza to seek anyone’s permission but Pacquiao’s to leave.

Ariza had no working contract with Khan who was training with Freddie in Baguio and had permission from his employer Pacquiao.

The whole incident was overblown by media, Arum, and Roach.

“His head has gotten too big and we needed to calm him down a little bit.”  Roach is quoted as saying , the “We” was not explained and one needs to wonder if the “We” stands for Roach and Arum, rather than Manny Pacquiao, who has a firm friendship with the coach, that tells him what the scoop is rather than what he wants to hear.

“Well the thing is, I had Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, my two top fighters there. Alex wanted to go work with Chavez Jr. and I told him ‘I think it’s a bad move.’ People make decisions and I think it was the wrong one. He’s a grown man and he will have to live with his decision, not me,” Roach said.

Unfortunately for Roach , he may have had two fighters there but only one had an agreement to pay Ariza to train him .

While the Freddie attempts to undermine Ariza’s involvement with Pacquiao, the fact remains that the “Boss” has the final say

“Ariza, they are making a big issue of that, but Alex asked permission to me - if I’m okay that he goes back to LA. But if I don’t agree, he’s not going to leave. I gave him permission to leave,” Pacquiao said.

The only drama that really remains, is the “Why”!

Why, if Freddie agrees that Ariza is good at his job would he risk replacing him, with someone that might not be?

“One thing about Alex, he’s very good at what he does, but he overdid it. He wants to be a strength coach, a cutman, and everything else. His head’s gotten too big and we need to calm him down a little bit. I think he’s bullsh***ing a little bit and I don’t apprectiate that and I’m going to suggest to Manny that we get rid of him or I get a new strength coach,” Roach said.

Sounds more like a power-play on Freddie’s part than anything else, perhaps Alex’s closeness and honesty with the press and Manny is to much for Arum and Roach?

Tangled webs weaved with Arum, Roach, Ariza, Pacquiao, and Chavez Jr.!


Keith Terceira

While the smiling face of Bob Arum shuffled about the Wild Card Gym, singing praises of Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning and the progress of his training, behind the scene, Arum was courting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and according to sources attempting to push out both Alex Ariza and Freddie Roach from training the second generation champion.

While one hand is shaking Freddie Roach’s the other appears to have been reaching around attempting to decide which rib to place the knife between.

In a camp that has been praised as being the least drama filled for Manny Pacquiao in recent history, rather than keep it that way, Freddie Roach is now quoted as saying, he will attempt to have strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza replaced.

Makes one wonder just how drama free and tension-less, Pacquiao’s trainer wishes camp to be for the eight time titleholder.

“One thing about Alex, he’s very good at what he does but he just overdid it,” said Roach. “He’s a great strength coach but he wants to be the trainer, cut man, and everything else. His head has gotten too big and we needed to calm him down a little bit. I think he’s bullshitting a little bit. I don’t appreciate that and I’m going to suggest immediately that we get rid of him or we get a new strength coach.”

Roach knows full well, the close relationship that has developed between Ariza and Manny, the attempt to come out publicly , just before the Bradley fight ,at the tail end of camp, and create tension is counter productive. Roach, of course, has always been protective of his Philippine champion, standing between him and promoters, trainers, entourage, in a motherly manner that may have other motivations.

While some feel that Freddie Roach made Manny Pacquiao, learned trainers in the boxing world have been vocal that Manny made Roach. Three fights, 36 rounds with Juan Manual Marquez and Freddie still had no answer to Marquez’s counter punching style which supports that assumption. Roach who is offensive minded as a trainer should be able to come up with a defensive plan that prevents Manny from eating left hands, but to date it appears beyond the trainer’s ability.

Timothy Bradley, who sports a very nice left hook, may be hoping Freddie doesn’t suddenly have an answer that has been evading him much of his career with Pacquiao.  Bradley who leads with his head, also leads with his shoulder when throwing the right , telegraphing his cross and semi-straight right.

It remains to be seen how Freddie trains Manny defensively for Bradley’s style, but lets get back on track here and discuss Ariza’s comments in leaving Baguio which left an opening for the Arum and Roach to get between the relationship Ariza has with Pacquiao.

“It’s not my fault that Manny did not feel that Freddie needed to know about me leaving Baguio, I work for Manny not Freddie” Ariza recently stated in an interview with MP8.

Arum , who recently invited Julio Cesar Chavez to train at the Top Rank Gym while in Las Vegas, is reported to have put up Julio in a luxury suite, and provided a elegant atmosphere for the champ.

According to Alex Ariza, maneuvers were made not only to replace Ariza, put also suggestions to remove Julio’s manager Billie Keene, and trainer Freddie Roach.

Confidential sources tell MP8 that while Arum was wining and dining Julio , that Chavez Jr. was recently meeting with promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. and getting the low down on just how much Floyd makes for his fights, and how Mayweather has enjoyed Julio’s fights and Chavez Sr. career.

The attempt to push Billy Keene, out from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s team may prove to be a tactical error on the part of Arum and Top Rank, as Billy is nobody’s fool in the boxing business.

Alex Ariza, the outspoken member of the training team, offers no excuses just simple fact.

“I work for Manny , when Manny wants me out, I’m gone”

A simple statement, but one that Manny may find refreshing, when dealing with the tangled webs weaved around his boxing career.


Are Arum’s Days Numbered for Pacquaio?


Keith Terceira

Strength and Conditioning coach Alex Ariza tweeted a couple of days ago;

Alex Ariza ‏@ArizaFitness

Maybe when he finds out Floyd made 85 Mil. against Cotto.. RT@jmarlow10: do you think Manny will ever leave Bob Arum?

Is it possible that Arum’s day are numbered when it comes to representing and promoting the great Manny Pacquiao?

It is entirely possible when you balance several factor’s, including taking into account the VisionQWest filed lawsuit against Arum, Koncz, and Top Rank by Michael Lodge  that alleges that they interfered with VisionQWest’s ability to do the job that Manny had hired them to do.

That job was to go over contracts and accountings of Pacquiao’s previous fights with Top Rank.

What VisionQWest alleges they did find through the NSAC , was discrepancies in contracts , the money Pacquiao was paid versus what he earned.

Lodge, while the entire debacle was occurring had informed this writer that several items of interest had popped up that concerned them including finding that Top Rank had written checks to Michael Koncz, who was supposed to be under the sole employ of Manny Pacquiao.

Also mentioned by Lodge was a failed business venture in California that Koncz had been involved in that still owed taxes to the state of California that suggested that Koncz was not qualified to be advising anyone in a business capacity .

Lodge revealed, “The main reason why VQ was hired to look into the missing money was because Manny believed that his fight promoter was not paying him his fair share.”

It has long been asserted by Pacquiao team members that the reasoning behind Manny remaining with Arum, was that his former behavior outside the ring, with his gambling and alleged womanizing had given certain people ammunition to prevent a break from Top Rank.

Did that stranglehold bring on the change in Manny’s lifestyle and his new closeness with God and family?

A smart man when confronted with that type of situation would take the power to control him away from his perpetrators!

Has Manny now done that, settled his past with Jinkee and found the power to push Arum aside?

Manny Pacquaio turning a new leaf and admitting to the world his faults, making amends to his family, focusing on God and boxing, selling off or closing his “Sin’ businesses, some feel that Manny is doing just that, taking control of his life and regaining the leverage of his own future!

Alex Ariza may be on to something when he suggests that Manny, who is reportedly only making 26 million to face Timothy Bradley, will self promote in the future. If, in fact, Mayweather made anywhere close to the 85 mil that Ariza alleges, than smart money is on Pacquiao, as it always is.

Pacquiao - Bradley will sell close to Mayweather-Cotto numbers, but unlike Cotto, Bradley will not bring as many buyers to the the PPV, for one reason or another, good or bad intent, Pacquiao will draw the vast majority of buyers to the PPV event.

Even if Aziza’s numbers are off by 20 million, and Mayweather made 65 million for the Cotto fight, Manny Pacquiao has got to recognize that the difference between 26 million and 65 million, is a lot of help and assistance that he can’t give to his family and countrymen. It is roughly 40 million dollars lost into Arum’s pockets, for Bob to basically be a divisive figure in his camp , who causes more drama than benefit at this stage of Pacquiao’s career.

Manny Pacquiao is the Brand that sells, and not Top Rank or Bob Arum.

One suggestion to Manny may be that he and his lawyers settle with VisionQwest and then join the VisionQwest suit against Arum and Top Rank, letting it play out fully before a judge, just what occurred while VisionQwest attempted to get to the bottom of Pacquiao’s financial mess.

Could just that  maneuver alone be enough to force a release from Top Rank rather than face a public accounting of all Pacquiao’s previous bouts?

That would depend on what VisionQWest ran across during their attempt to assist Manny!

I think some people do not give Pacquiao the credit he deserves when it comes to the street smarts he acquired in his early life.

Pacquiao has got to know that he is reaching and age that he needs to solidify his life after boxing and being a politician is a great way to serve his country but the money will not maintain his current lifestyle. An independent Manny Pacquiao, promoting not only the end of his own career but the career’s of other talented fighters in his homeland would serve to benefit his future much more than being tied to Arum until his retirement.

One fight as a self promoted boxer - Mayweather vesus Pacquiao, would give the Pacquiao family the financial independence that could be enjoyed for generations if managed properly. That one bout, self promoted , would make Manny more money than nearly all his previous bouts combined. A trilogy could make him president of the Philippines, someday.

If I was a bookmaker , then I would place my odds in favor of Top Rank and Arum’s days being numbered with Manny, putting the OVER on Michael Koncz.

Mayweather’s “Take the Test” seems spot on!


Keith Terceira

All change in the sport of boxing, seems to come , slowly, like the pulling of an abscessed tooth.

For the longest period of time it appeared that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was using the testing for steroids as a hot button topic to distance himself from any fight with Manny Pacquiao. Instead with the failed testing of two champions Andre Berto and Lamont Peterson , Mayweather is looking like the oracle of boxing.

Manny Pacquiao has been tested a great many times, after a great many fight in the City of Sin, Las Vegas, Nevada, but perhaps it is time for Manny Pacquiao to not remain the last man standing in the VADA testing agreement and just voluntarily subject himself to testing  immediately.

It would do no harm, to Pacquiao’s crediblity as an opponent for Mayweather Jr. and may just remove an obstacle to the Mega-battle that has been waved in front of fans now for 3 years.

Manny could easily swing public sentiment his way by publicly coming out for the drug testing procedure and taking the tests prior to the Bradley fight.

I’m interested in what our readers would think about such a choice by Pacquiao or if Manny should agree to testing at all!

In several interviews with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza , I have come to the conclusion that Ariza has no fear at all about any type of testing , which to me is a measure of the coach’s confidence and professionalism.

Steroids have been a part of professional sports for 2-3 decades now, and the resulting illnesses and recent deaths of stars whom admitted to steroid use is a big reason in my opinion for testing in boxing.

Boxers already suffer with a majority of illnesses in their retirement and one’s brought on by steroid use , is in large part why I am for the testing of all athletes in all levels of sports.

Sometimes fans and the sports community need to jump to the head of the line to force change, just so we save our athletes from behavior that may on one hand earn them more cash now, but down the road lead to suffering.

Mayweather Jr. could be wrong about his split on the purse for the mega meet, but it sure seems he is spot on about drug testing boxers.

What are your thoughts.

Should Manny take the tests now?

Is Floyd’s view on testing starting to appear logical to Manny’s fans?

Has Freddie Roach left Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?

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Keith Terceira

During a recent interview with Alex Ariza , strength and conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao, Alex stated that he and Freddie only share one fighter now.

With Ariza , gone from Amir Khan’s camp and still in the corner of both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.  and Manny Pacquiao , that suggests that Roach is gone from Chavez Jr.

Julio this week , flew into Las Vegas , and is training at Top Rank Gym , but missing it seems is both Freddie and Alex Ariza.

It is a tough time to be replacing trainers just prior to a title defense against Emanuel Steward’s,  Andy Lee, less than a month away.

Ariza stated in this week’s interview that Arum has been attempting to replace both Freddie and Alex, in Julio’s camp , which was the cause of Ariza flying from Baguio, and leaving with Pacquiao’s blessing to prevent his replacement with Chavez by Arum.

Calls have been placed and will bring you the scoop as it develops.

Ariza comments on Peterson, Leaving Baguio, and PEDS


Keith Terceira

Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is back with Pacquiao and training is progressing at a tremendous rate. Pacquiao appears slick and in fight ready condition at the Wild Card, so much so that three and a half weeks out from the bout , the team has called in a fourth sparring partner to give the three in attendance a bit of a break.

Ariza, who is no longer training with Amir Khan informed me that , he really wasn’t officially working with Khan as no contract had been offered or signed, when we discussed the cancellation of fight between Khan and Peterson.

Alex is everything good with Manny and yourself?

“I never had a problem with Manny, the press likes to pump it up like there was but there wasn’t”

Both Freddie Roach and Bob Arum criticized Ariza leaving Baguio to train Julio , Alex though insists that his agreement was with Manny and even Michael Koncz did not come out publicly against the move.

“In regards to Freddie, it’s not my fault that Manny didn’t feel that he was important enough to let in on the secret. The funny thing is it’s because of Arum, that I had to leave. I told Manny that Arum was trying to get me out of Julio’s camp so bad that he was trying to pull all these maneuvers and things like that, so I asked Manny if I could go. I remember they were telling Julio that I wasn’t gonna be able to be with him and this and this, we got to find a new trainer. So Manny says “I know , I know” he knows what Arum is doing. So he said “go, Julio needs your help with the weight” and he told me it’s only a couple weeks anyway it’s not a big deal. Believe me if it was a problem Michael Koncz would have been the first one to say something. Instead Michael told everyone to shut up.”

Michael Koncz , Pacquiao’s business adviser was quiet on the subject, while both Freddie and Arum were on similar pages and Ariza informed that all is not well between Arum and Freddie when it comes to Julio Chavez Jr.

“Arum wants Freddie out of Julio’s corner and maybe Freddie feels that I should have stayed with him and  had loyalty to him instead of going to Julio, I don’t know, it’s not how I saw it.”

With all the things that have been alleged against the fighters you work with regarding PED’s ,and then Lamont Peterson winds up the one that fails a drug test for synthetic testosterone, what are your feelings on that, are you fist pumping in private?

“Not really, it’s one of those things, reporters are only asking the easy questions nobody is really asking the hard questions. Like the time I left from Manny, these guys are crying over two weeks and Manny told me that Freddie left him for a whole camp once, when he went to train Oscar De La Hoya , I said I didn’t know that. Reporters obviously aren’t asking Freddie the hard questions but they want to ask me them. With the whole Peterson thing , you have to take alot of testosterone to make a difference in a fight. I mean alot of testosterone. I don’t know what medical or clinical reason for taking the pellets or whatever, but I don’t imagine that those pellets can be more than 25-50 milligrams. So how much did it really change the fight, I don’t know.You have to watch what you say in the press like Peterson saying before the first fight “I know their are people using it” of course you do because you are the one using it.”

We spoke with Alex regarding the ABC President , informing us about disclose and certain forms required to be filled out before testing in some states, and Ariza informed us of what he remembered the night of the first Khan Peterson fight.

“When we did our medicals with Amir, it’s kind of ironic , they didn’t ask us anything in regards to medicines , they just did a quick physical, filled out the forms and boom we were out of there in less than 5 minutes. Usually the forms have something on there but honestly I can’t remember if they did or didn’t.”

Though Khan and Ariza have gone separate ways Ariza wishes him the best!

“THere is no hard feelings , good luck to them, they have to go do their thing, I know what Arum did, and I know what Freddie did, I’m not going to comment on why they did what they did, or said what they said. It takes to much energy for me to be bitter with these guys. It’s like Manny told me when it was really really bad  for a while there , like for the first couple of weeks and I text Manny and told them that man they are killing me , and he said ” listen bro, I know , you know, and God knows and that’s all that matters. You know that I gave you permission, and that’s all that matters.” So if you notice I didn’t respond much or answer any questions, try to clear the air, Manny wanted me to leave it alone and that is really important for him right now, that we don’t have so much turmoil in camp. Most people would have said how come Michael Koncz isn’t saying anything, because Michael Koncz knew.”

“I work for Manny , if Manny wants me , he’ll keep me. If Manny doesn’t he will get rid of me. When it comes to the Peterson thing, I was a little upset with him , they seem genuinely nice and good people, but when you say “I want the test because I know everyone is using PED’s”. You know,  how do you know, I mean that is a strong statement, to say that.”

Pacquiao to arrive at LAX tonight

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Manny Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land tonight at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05PM PT. Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will begin his four-week U.S. training camp, on Monday, May 7, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacman will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).

It remains to be seen whether Alex Ariza will be welcomed to the Wild Card with open arms when Pacquiao begins training on Monday or whether there will be residual effects from Ariza’s departure from Baguio.

The Pacquiao vs. Bradley welterweight championship collision will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Andy Lee, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Senior hit El Paso!

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Keith Terceira

WBC Middleweight Champion arrives in advance of the  open press conference scheduled for today at the Sun Bowl Stadium Field at 12:30 pm MT, the Chavez’s arrived in good spirts ready to face the public and the media to announce the June 16th title fight with Ireland’s Andy Lee.

Top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland arrives in El Paso, Texas Monday night for a press conference Tuesday, to announce his upcoming challenge to Chavez’s title.

Not seen Monday night was Alex Ariza , whose choice to leave the Pacquiao camp is now drawing the ire of even Freddie Roach.

One wonders if Ariza will be at press conference , and if he is will he steal the thunder from the two combatants with the press.

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Op-Ed - Ariza set to be fall guy, if Pacquiao stays distracted!


Keith Terceira

Alex Ariza seems to be getting set-up to be the fall guy, should the distractions in the world of Manny Pacquiao prevent the champion from looking great against Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, who works with several of the best athletes in the business, has been in the Philipines for several weeks now, fully prepared to begin training with Manny as soon as Pacquiao chose to be available.

Though Pacquiao has stated that Ariza left camp with his ok, to work with another of his clients, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. , seems promoter Bob Arum has come out against the move.

“That’s very unprofessional,” Arum stated “There’s something with his attitude.”

“We can get the job done. We know what to do. Even Manny said last night that we can take charge,” said Buboy Fernandez.

I don’t know that Ariza has an attitude, when it comes to this camp, but I do feel that promises made during training for the Marquez trilogy as well as assurances made to Ariza about the way Pacquiao would train for this bout may have gone out the window when Manny failed to show up at the time promised for high altitude training.

There is very little a strength and conditioning coach can do without an live body to train.

Time an again we hear Ariza stating to the press that Pacquiao needs to train harder and focus more on the sport , time an again we see Pacquiao doing something besides just that, in the middle of his camps. The rise to stardom has diluted the hunger in camp that was once constantly present. Where once the drive was to survive and prosper, seems the focus is now on luxury cars, yachts, homes and estates, everything but the task at hand. Pacquiao has become the real Rocky Balboa, like Rocky, letting the fame reduce his drive.

It is the over-confident man that gets surprised!

Now if Pacquiao shows poor against Bradley, everyone will have a fall guy to blame rather than the fact that Manny has once again allowed his other roles in life to take precedent over training camp and conditioning.

Training and running in the streets of a major city with open gyms, media events, entourage boxing events, and breaks for game shows, politics, etc, is no way to maintain the legend that is Manny Pacquiao.

Perhaps God’s next message to Manny will be humility and respect for the gifts, talent, and good fortune, bestowed upon the legend.

Is there a chance that Ariza, is sending a message to Manny, with the decision to leave camp for another client’s camp?

Perhaps not, perhaps just a conflict in scheduling!



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By: Ashley White

Alex Ariza, strength and conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao the current WBO welterweight champion, has indicated Pacquiao’s lack of interest to train due to a bunch of controversial issues he is in right now. According to Alex, Pacquiao is taking the risk of not being up to the mark.

In his recent interview, Ariza said, “We can’t have a bad camp. His physical conditioning is very important. This must happen all the way. He’s [Bradley] a high-volume puncher who’ll come forward. Bradley’s not a technical guy like [Juan Manuel] Marquez. He fights somewhat like Manny. That’s why I think it’ll be an explosive fight. It’s up to Manny how to prepare for Bradley. And against Bradley, he wants to prove something. His competitive spirit will take over. How he trains will impact on how he does against Bradley. If he trains properly, Manny could blow that guy away in less than five rounds.”

It should be noted here that the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley would have the Filipino’s welterweight title on the line. Therefore, it is imperative for Pacquiao to be in the right condition before he steps in the ring against Bradley. The fight is scheduled for June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If Pacquiao is able to win, it will be his 55th victory.


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Last 2 Pacquiao fights fail to impress Ariza

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‘Manny should start serious training now’
By Romina S. Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach said he is far from impressed with the Filipino ring superstar’s two fights last year.
And the last thing Alex Ariza wants is an unprepared Pacquiao battling the unbeaten American Timothy Bradley on June 9 for the Sarangani congressman’s WBO welterweight belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“We can’t have a bad camp,” Ariza told “(Pacquiao’s) physical conditioning is very important. This must happen all the way.”
Pacquiao will defend his WBO title for the fourth time against the unpredictable Bradley, with the Ring magazine’s pound-for-pound king heavily favored to bag his 55th professional victory in 60 fights.
The eight-division world champion prevailed via ho-hum unanimous decisions over Joshua Clottey in March 2010 and Shane Mosley in May 2011 before besting Juan Manuel Marquez for the second time via an unpopular majority decision six months later.
“He’s (Bradley) a high-volume puncher who’ll come forward,” Ariza said. “Bradley’s not a technical guy like Marquez. He fights somewhat like Manny. That’s why I think it’ll be an explosive fight.”
Ariza said Pacquiao, who has started light training in Manila and General Santos City, runs the risk of losing focus for his clash with Bradley because of his various activities outside the ring.


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Pacquiao needs to knuckle down - Ariza

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by ESPN staff

Manny Pacquiao is running the risk of being underprepared for his clash with Timothy Bradley on June 9, according to the Filipino’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against the unbeaten Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with the pound-for-pound king widely tipped to secure a 55th professional victory.

The eight-division world champion, a sitting member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, has been warned, however, that focusing on politics and starting his training camp on April 16 is asking for trouble and leaves little room for error when getting his body primed for battle.

“We can’t have a bad camp,” Ariza told “His physical conditioning is very important. This must happen all the way.”

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Ariza Has Concerns With Manny Pacquiao’s Conditioning

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

MANNY Pacquiao’s physical conditioning in preparation for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title defense against undefeated light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, is causing some concern for strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Unhappy over the distractions and personal problems that affected Pacquiao’s focus and preparation for his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Ariza was hoping that Pacquiao would take his physical conditioning program seriously in the buildup to the Bradley showdown, knowing that the undefeated 140-pound champion is always in fine physical shape.


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Pacquiao’s conditioning worries his fitness coach

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by Ronnie Nathanielsz

MANNY Pacquiao’s physical conditioning in preparation for his World Boxing Organization welterweight title defense against undefeated light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, is causing some concern for strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Unhappy over the distractions and personal problems that affected Pacquiao’s focus and preparation for his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Ariza was hoping that Pacquiao would take his physical conditioning program seriously in the buildup to the Bradley showdown, knowing that the undefeated 140-pound champion is always in fine physical shape.


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Pacquiao vs Bradley: Manny to Begin Training on April 16, Ariza Respects Bradley

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by Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao will begin training in just ten days to prepare for his June 9 fight with Timothy Bradley, says Ronnie Nathanielsz, giving the Filipino icon about a seven-week training camp in Baguio City and the Wild Card in California.

Also notable in that article is the tone of strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who seems perhaps not concerned with Timothy Bradley (as in, not fearful of Bradley), but definitely isn’t coming out with his boorish bluster this time around.

Ariza wants to get together with Pacquiao as soon as possible and make sure they’ve got the right training game plan, because Bradley has the physical strength and youth to bully Manny — or so it seems that’s what Ariza thinks, anyway, and I think he’d be right. Those underestimating Bradley’s pure strength — and more importantly, his ability to use it — might be shocked, I believe.

While looking at the full career is what you should do for Hall of Fame discussions and all-time rankings placement babble, when discussing Pacquaio the current fighter, I really only think back to Oscar and forward. Of those opponents, I believe Bradley might be the toughest style matchup, outside of perhaps Juan Manuel Marquez.

Oscar was done at that point, too immobile and weak to do anything with Manny, who taught us the lesson again that a great “little man” can not just beat but beat the living shit out of a washed-up “big man.” After that, you had Hatton, who Manny just completely torched; Cotto, who held his own for about five rounds before losing all semblance of a game plan; Clottey, who stood still; Margarito, who was old and slow but did some damage on pure size and ability to corner Manny; Mosley, who was every bit the waste of time the sane expected going in; and Marquez, who gave Manny hell and had a great argument for a W he did not receive.


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By Ben Thompson

“You know, the better conditioned you are, the better your boxing workouts are. Like I said, we have a great facility here at the Olympic training camp; they’ve been really good to us and we’ve just been killing it every day. We just go to the boxing gym at night, just to get loose, move around, and the hard work is done in the morning…we haven’t even started real strength training yet. It’s really just about getting the body in condition. I kind of mix in a little bit of track work with a little bit of stairs…If he can man up and get disciplined and give up stuff cold turkey, if he can give me that kind of discipline, I’ll turn Manny into a machine again,” stated world-class strength-and-conditioning Alex Ariza, who gave us an update on some of the early work he’s doing with former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan, as well as what he has planned for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Check it out!

BT: How’s everything been going with Amir?

AA: Really good. We’re training here at the Filipino Olympic training center; great track, great pool, so everything’s going real good with him. We got him started and got him rolling. I think we’ll be here for two weeks, so it’s really going well with him. Everything out here is going well. I think it’s always good getting started early just doing conditioning, especially for Amir, getting him in the mix and getting him going.

BT: I know Amir’s not going to be sparring with Manny, but are they going to be doing their conditioning together, or are you guys going to do separate schedules?

AA: That’s a good question, bro. I really haven’t had a chance to sit down with Manny and talk over the game plan. I think Manny’s been kind of caught up handling all of these tax issues and stuff.

BT: So what do you guys do over there in your down time? Do you just kind of chill and hang out at the hotel?

AA: Pretty much, bro. I mean, let’s see, we start at 5:30 AM, because of the traffic, and then we go to the gym and then we come back here to the hotel and kind of sleep and rest until lunch time. Now, right here at the New World Hotel, it’s connected to Greenbuilt Shopping Center and it’s 5 malls connected together. It’s fucking humongous. During lunch time, we go and take a walk through the mall and stuff like that, kind of change it up a little bit, come back, rest, and then hit the gym at 4:00 PM.


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Dietary supplements and fortified meal replacements help ensure nutritional adequacy during energy-restricted diets for weight loss

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At a Glance
Weight control strategies that are both safe and effective are needed to reduce
the rate of the current obesity epidemic. People incorporating fortified meal replacements are more likely to have adequate essential nutrient intakes compared to a group following a more traditional food group diet.

Weight control strategies that are both safe and effective are needed to reduce the rate of the current obesity epidemic. A study published in the Nutrition Journal compared the macronutrient and micronutrient levels in the foods chosen by women following two different weight reduction programs.
Ninety-six generally healthy overweight or obese women were randomly placed into two treatment groups: Traditional Food Group (TFG) or a Meal Replacement Group (MRG). The MRG included the use of 1-2 meal replacement drinks or bars per day. Both groups aimed to restrict energy levels to approximately 1,300 calories per day. After one year, weight loss was not significantly different between the groups, and both groups had macronutrient (Carbohydrate:Protein:Fat) ratios that were within the ranges recommended. Both groups experienced an improved dietary pattern with respect to decreased saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, with increased total servings/day of
fruits and vegetables. However, the TFG had a significantly lower dietary intake of
several vitamins and minerals compared to the MRG and was at greater risk for
inadequate intake.

Although both groups successfully lost weight while improving overall dietary adequacy, the group incorporating fortified meal replacements tended to have a more adequate essential nutrient intake compared to the group following a more traditional food group diet. This study supports the need to incorporate fortified foods and/or dietary supplements while following an energy-restricted diet for weight loss.
Ashley JM et al. Nutrient adequacy during weight loss interventions: a randomized study in women comparing the dietary intake in a meal replacement group with a traditional food group. Nutr J. 2007 Jun 25;6:12

Alex Ariza: “If Manny wants me out, then I will be out”


Keith Terceira

Strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza , who is an important piece of Team Pacquiao, recently spoke with Ben Thompson of in a scathing article that was critical of Bob Arum’s behavior and comments in regards to his handling of fighters he is contracted with. Ariza also alleged that Arum was complaining and dissatisfied with the fact that he handled the cut over Manny’s eye during Pacquiao-Marquez III.

The day after his interview was published we caught up with Alex, whom even though it was Thanksgiving weekend, was still in the gym working with his boxers.

Alex, seems that there is some confusion over whether or not Arum and Manny are negotiating at this moment for a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I never tried to dip my hat into the promotional ring, it’s none of my business but Bob went above and beyond , trying to get me fired , trying to get me discredited ,trying to interfere with my fighters.”

What do you feel Arum is trying to do with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and your agreement?

“Like I said he was trying to move him over the hill”

Move him over to Robert Garcia, you mean?


Do you have a written contract with your fighters or a handshake agreement?

“It’s a contract”

Would it not be Tortious interference then if you have a contract?

“You know the thing is that he (Arum) is not stupid, he has a way of doing things.”

Are you saying that he is doing it thru a third party?

“He could be doing it thru 3-4 different parties”

So, you think he has a gofer , doing it for him?

“Exactly, so that is why I came out and said what I had to say, and if he leaves me alone things are fine, if not I’ll have more things to say.”

To be honest Alex, I wrote yesterday that perhaps it’s time Manny promoted himself?

“I wish I would have said that one myself. You know I just saw an article where Manny’s doctor said that the cut was down to the bone, but yet after I stopped the bleeding in the tenth round, I don’t understand what he is so upset about.”

If that cut was down to the bone then I would imagine that you did as much and as well as any cutman in the business could, considering it stopped bleeding?

“Yeh but that is not good enough.He has to find the bad in it, like what am I doing in there. He could have just said thank you. It could have been a disaster. Well I’m more upset with Miguel (Diaz) as well , Miguel didn’t man up and say hey, I missed it, I missed the cut , I didn’t see it.”

Is Miguel Diaz, Bob Arum’s guy?

“Of course, we will see what comes from all of this.”

I read someones opinion that you are on your way out with Manny Pacquiao, is everything cool with you and Manny?

“That’s why I got so upset Manny and I spoke about everything on Saturday. We sat down we watched the fight together and I just gave him an overview. People think Manny is stupid, Manny is not going to sit there and look …Chavez is fighting like he has never fought before, Amir Khan is fighting the best ever, and they are doing the program, they are following the routine. This fight I didn’t feel like fighting with Manny as much, He had a great camp , his training was very focused , he was very into what he was doing, and sometimes as a trainer you can only make suggestions. When things don’t go your way, it’s time to just take a step back and let him do his thing.”

He also had a lot going on around him and by pushing too hard; it may have made matters worse instead of better!

“Yes, I didn’t feel like I was going to push my agenda, once I saw he wasn’t going to go with things the way I wanted things to go I left it alone and just supported him in the things he was doing and help him as much as I can. He told me this time, he promised that we would go back to doing things the old way, so we will see. Listen nothing that I say is going to get me fired from Manny. Manny is going to fire me based on him not wanting me being there, period. It’s not going to be that I said something about Bob or I said something about Michael, it’s not going to be over that, it’s just going to be my time to go. That kind of shit doesn’t bother Manny, If Manny wants me out I’ll be out. If Manny wants me in I’ll be in. Nobody is going to convince him one way or the other.”

Alex thanks for talking to me today, I figured to give you a call and see if you had more to add to your interview?

“Like I said, I’ve said all that I have to say, I’m going to leave it alone, and hopefully Bob leaves me alone, let him do what he wants to do, and he lets me be me. I don’t think anyone should try to fuck with anyone’s livelihood. That is very, very, dangerous business.”


Alex Ariza, Freddie Roach careers soaring despite Arum’s intervention


by Leo Reyes

Despite alleged intervention by Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, in their professional careers, it appears trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are doing exceptionally well with their recent victories and signing up by new clients, including Omar Chavez, the unbeaten brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

In the earlier article by Ben Thompson of Fytehype, Ariza disclosed that Arum is trying to have Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza removed as coaches for Julio Cesar Chavez with the intention of moving him to Robert Garcia’s training camp.

Ariza was fuming mad after he learned of Arum’s intervention in his and Freddie Roach’s relationship with Julio Cesar Chavez. He also recalled Arum did the same thing in the past by trying discredit him and Freddie Roach in their relationship with Pacquiao.

Ariza has a lot in his arsenal against Arum and here’s the link (below) to Ben Thompson’s article for everyone to read and to comment on.

With regards to Pacquiao’s next fight after his controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez last November 12, Ariza said Arum is standing in the way to the bout that everyone in the world wants to see — the match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Arum is rooting for a fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao while Freddie Roach and Ariza, with the backing of Team Pacquiao want a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather match.

Ariza noted that Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, was reported to be meeting with Arum in Las Vegas this week to discuss the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.

The popular strength and conditioning coach, who continues to shine in his chosen career despite criticism (or jealousy?) from Arum and other people with vested interests, said Koncz is going to see Arum to make sure the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather does not take place now and ever.

“I know that Michael Koncz says that he’s meeting with Bob arum to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They’re having a meeting on how to make sure that the fight doesn’t happen. That’s what their meeting is about.” Ariza said.

Meanwhile in a press conference after Pacquiao’s arrival in General Santos City, the fighting congressman from Sarangani said the negotiations  for his much talk-about fight with Floyd Mayweather is on-going.

“Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final.” as reported by ABS-CBN News.

Apparently, Pacquiao was misinformed according to the article posted on Fytehype by Ben Thompson.

“Evidently the fighting congressman from the Philippines has been misinformed. Contrary to his belief, negotiations have yet to even begin and far from ongoing, especially considering that both his adviser Michael Koncz, and his promoter, Bob Arum have made it crystal clear that they have no plans whatsoever to negotiate or even discuss Pacquiao’s next opponent until after the holidays.” the article said.

Koncz has yet to issue a statement on his meeting with Bob Arum regarding the long-delayed and most talked-about fight between Pacquiao and Maywether.

Road to Marquez: Ariza Interview, only 24 Days Remain!

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Keith Terceira and James Dayap

Though technically twenty-four days remain, Manny Pacquiao will stop training the week before the November 12th showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez. That, combined with rest days, leaves only two weeks of hard training remaining for Team Pacquiao to finish putting the polish on the plan to defeat Marquez. Continue reading “Road to Marquez: Ariza Interview, only 24 Days Remain!” »

Ariza predicts early Pacquiao victory vs Marquez

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MANILA, Philippines - Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza believes the trilogy bout between Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao and his Mexican rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, on November 12 will end early.

Ariza said Pacquiao will knock out Marquez in the early parts of the fight.

“The knockout will be earlier than you would think,” Ariza said in a report.

Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, had previously predicted a 6th round knockout win for Pacquiao.

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Ariza: Pacquiao never disagreed from taking test

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MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, said the Filipino boxing superstar has never disagreed from taking any tests.

“I’m not privy to whatever they’re agreeing to… I just know that Manny’s going to take whatever test that the commission asks for,” Ariza said in

This was Ariza’s response to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s incessant demand for Pacquiao to take an Olympic-style drug test.

The test is one of Mayweather’s conditions before he agrees to fight Pacquiao.

“As far as I know from Manny, he’s never disagreed [from taking the tests],” said Ariza.

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Alex Ariza: “As far as I know from Manny, He’s never disagreed”

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by Ben Thompson

Dude, I’m not privy to whatever they’re agreeing to, you know? I just know that Manny’s going to take whatever tests that the commission asks for. Have I heard anything about outside testing? Honestly dude, I haven’t heard them speak about outside testing ever. Manny has never asked me or mentioned anything to me about it. Behind closed doors, he’s never said to me one way or another that he cares or doesn’t care, to be honest with you. He&’s never said no, he won’t do it, and he’s never said yes, he will do it, to me….To be honest, 100%, I don’t know if he agreed or did not agree. As far as I know from Manny, he’s never disagreed. From his mouth to my ears, it’s never seemed like that to me, so whatever reasons that fight’s not happening, it’s got nothing to do with Manny. That I can tell you,” stated strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who clarified comments he made while in the Philippines regarding questions about whether or not Manny Pacquiao is willing to take the additional blood and urine tests that Floyd Mayweather is now requesting of all of his opponents. Check out what else he had to say!

BT: How’s Linares doing? His fights coming up this weekend. I heard some reports that he and Manny were getting a little rough during sparring.

AA: Yeah, I mean, you know, its natural. You got a really fast, young guy, and, you know, Manny…you know, when two guys start sparring with each other enough, they get comfortable with each other. Its natural. Its what happens. These guys start to let their hands go a little bit and, you know, thats all that happened. Nothing out of the ordinary. Typical stuff. I’ve seen it with a lot of fighters. People get caught, people get shook, and, you know, Manny’s a fucking heavy-handed, explosive guy, so you just gotta be on your toes with him. That’s all.

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Ariza: Diet key to Pacquiao conditioning

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IN the course of the four-city, 25,000-mile press tour to hype the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III, several boxing experts and scribes noted the Filipino boxing icon’s lean physique, saying he hardly looks the owner of the 147-pound welterweight title.

Some even went to the extent of saying this could pose a problem for the Filipino star in his title battle against Marquez on Nov. 12 (Nov. 13 in Manila) at a catch-weight of 144 pounds.


Tracking Exercise with the Heart Rate Monitor


Guest Column with Teri Tom, MS, RD

As I said in my last column, the problem I have with many dietitians is that they don’t adequately integrate exercise into their nutrition plans. If you’ve read my book Martial Arts Nutrition, Continue reading “Tracking Exercise with the Heart Rate Monitor” »

***** Manny Pacquiao “We are the Champions!” *****


By Alex Ariza,

Being healthy and physically fit is a freedom of choice! It is only you who can decide if you want to do it or not. Maybe you are content with exactly where you are, but you have a family member that needs a little help. “Change is the only inevitable thing in this world.” Do you know how important diet and nutrition plays into one’s state of happiness? How it affects the boost of energy we are all hankering after? Continue reading “***** Manny Pacquiao “We are the Champions!” *****” »



By Timothy James,

This morning I had the pleasure of waking up to the voice of a very boisterous Alex Ariza. For those of you that have not become acquainted with Alex Ariza’s personality via interviews, well lets just say he speaks his mind, holds nothing back, and always tells it like it is. Continue reading “***** IT’S OFFICIAL JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ CALLS OFF THE FIGHT!! *****” »



By Timothy James,

In a boxing match that seems to have no base to it Alex Ariza has decided to make sure there is a solid ground for his fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight on.
Earlier this month Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) didn’t know if he will be defending his belt against Ronald Hearns (26-2, with 20 KOs). This camp had “mess” written all over it from the very beginning. Continue reading “***** ALEX ARIZA MAKING THE TRIP TO MEXICO CHAOS DIVERTED FOR NOW! *****” »


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“Marquez is going to get wrecked. Like I said, he [Koncz] doesn’t know anything. I don’t think it’s all about that. Those are fights that Manny had when I wasn’t with him, you know? He had a lot of those ailments. He had a lot of leg problems, he had shoulder problems. Those are all things that kind of hindered him in those fights with Barrera and Marquez, the last one. Obviously the weight was an issue, so we’re not going to have those issues for this fight. Continue reading “ALEX ARIZA: “MARQUEZ IS GOING TO GET WRECKED…MANNY’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT FIGHTER”” »

Alex Ariza Not Going to Mexico for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Camp

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Alex Ariza are at odds, and apparently won't be working together for Chavez's next fight. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Julio Cesar Chavez Jr drama surrounding his September 17 fight against Ronald Hearns in Mexico continues to build, as today, famed conditioning coach Alex Ariza told that he won’t be going to Mexico to work in Chavez’s camp. Continue reading “Alex Ariza Not Going to Mexico for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Camp” »

The Most Potent and Powerful Supplement I give Manny Pacquiao by Alex Ariza


By Alex Ariza,

There is a “Manny Pack” that I developed Exclusively for Manny Pacquiao. It is not sold to the public.

It contains everything I think the champ needs to perform at his best. Continue reading “The Most Potent and Powerful Supplement I give Manny Pacquiao by Alex Ariza” »

Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”

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by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani, Photo by Geoffrey Ciani)

This week’s 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBA champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) on July 23. Judah spoke about his upcoming fight, and also discussed Continue reading “Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”” »

Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao


by Freddy Fresco

Is Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. trying to set the record for how many lawsuits he can rack up in a given time period?

Another new lawsuit has just popped up and this time a boxing fan named Anthony Cliff was supposedly assaulted by Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguards, just for asking him when he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez

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by Zachary D. Rymer

Manny Pacquiao Is Well Aware that His Next Challenger Must Not Be Taken Lightly

It has now been nearly two months since we last saw Manny Pacquiao in the ring. It was an embarrassing spectacle, as the once-great Shane Mosley barely lasted 12 rounds against the world’s greatest pound-for-pound boxer Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez” »

Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening

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by Reuben Terrado

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will give inspiration to all NCAA athletes as he will be the guest of honor when the 87th season of the oldest collegiate league opens on July 2, Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening” »

Baby On The Way for Beyonce and Jay-Z?

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Beyonce talks about turning 30 years old, and whether a

Flooding Threatens Power Plants

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CNN’s Don Lemon talks to Patrick Oppmann about two nuclear power plants in danger of being

Wladimir KLITSCHLO vs David HAYE - JULY 2nd 2011

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Wladimir KLITSCHLO vs David HAYE - JULY 2nd 2011


Imtech-Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight unification

UFC 132-Cruz vs Faber

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Cruz vs Faber

UFC 132

JULY 2ND 6pm/9pm PTET




Silva vs Leben

Ortiz vs Bader

Condit vs Kim

Siver vs Wiman

Guillard vs Roller

Sotiropoulos vs Dos Anjos

Bowles vs Mizugaki

Tavares vs Simpson

Njokuani vs Winner

Hougland vs Walker


Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?

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It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics are going to have get younger, a fact Danny Ainge knows all too well. Ainge recently said as much on WEEI, and fans like me are well aware that the upcoming season will almost certainly be the last hurrah for the big three. This year’s draft was arguably a good haul, with Purdue’s top two scorers joining the Cs, including big man JaJuan Johnson(notes). Gilbert Brown could be yet another solid offseason addition.

Continue reading “Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?” »

Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question

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LOS ANGELES — In the still of the NBA postseason, when the news is slow and the rumors are fast, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a lot of noise. Trade noises, that is.

Although the talks involve Lamar Odom and a handful of disposable Lakers, the eye of the gossip swirls violently around Pau Gasol, LA’s 7-foot, 250-pound center-forward, who can be electrifying on his best days, yet so painfully drab on his worst days.

Gasol played all 82 games last regular season, norming 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per. But his numbers declined badly in the playoffs —- 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds —- making it way easier for the eventual champions Dallas Mavericks to sweep LA in a one-sided second round series. Continue reading “Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question” »

‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on ‘Time to Shine’:

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Hard work pays off. And for ALA Boxing welterweight standout “Mighty” Mark Melligen (21-2-0, 14 KOs), it’s time to cash in on all the blood, sweat and tears he has sacrificed to get himself to where he is today, as he debuts on US National Cable TV network ESPN this Friday against the tough and dangerous Argentinian, Sebastian Andres Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) in San Antonio, Texas, as part of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. Continue reading “‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on ‘Time to Shine’:” »

Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!

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The Greatest: Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston in 1965

Boxing, like all sports, is a fount of passionate opinions.

Many of them are poured out in pubs, clubs and wine bars around the world as well as at ringside and it is almost impossible to reach an absolute consensus.

Muhammad Ali is generally regarded  as the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time – but not even on that does everyone agree. Continue reading “Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!” »

Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Michael Marley,

Even his worst, sworn enemies would have to admit that, when at his office, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never given less than his all.

Ditto for the gym, the one exception being the overplayed fluke sparring session when southpaw Paul Spadafora, a big talent who has problems with his social conduct, caught him not in tiptop condition.

If Manny Pacquiao is the salt of the earth Pinoy who was born in an extreme cradle of poverty, then Mayweather is the pepper who adds needed spice to the present day fistic scene.

Has it escaped everyone’s attention that, just as students nationwide are chanting “no more classes, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks” and going on summer vacation, Mayweather is going back to his square ring classroom? Continue reading “Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.” »

Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First


By Timothy James,

These are the last years of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career. At the same time it is also the beginning of a new era- the era of Social Media.

We saw how powerful Social Media is first hand in America when President Obama was elected to President of the United States after a hard fought battle- the battle was won on Facebook. It was clear that Social Media got him elected.

Just a couple of weeks ago Shaquille Oneal announced his retirement on his own Social Network.

Manny Pacquiao understands the power of the Internet and Manny Pacquiao understands how important it is to make his fans happy. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First” »


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PITTSBURGH - Before, during and now after, Sunday night’s UFC Live 4 on the Versus Network was a wild one.

From Nate Marquardt’s sudden expulsion from both the event and the company to Charlie Brenneman sidetracking Rick Story’s momentum to Cheick Kongo pulling off the unbelievable in the main event, there were some plot twists. Even the UFC president seemed pleased, as Dana White called it one of the best events his organization has ever done. Continue reading “UFC LIVE 4- 5 LESSONS LEARNED” »

Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a play during her fourth round match against  Marion Bartoli of France on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams will not be winning her third straight Wimbledon title this year. Marion Bartoli saw to that on Monday, defeating Williams 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) to knock her out of Wimbledon in the fourth round. Continue reading “Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News” »

Demian Maia admits a series of mistakes cost him a big win over Mark Munoz

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by bignevt1

Former UFC middleweight title contender, Demian Maia has admitted that a series of tactical mistakes cost him a big win over powerhouse wrestler, Mark Munoz at UFC 131 earlier this month, revealing he should never have abandoned the striking game that had been so Continue reading “Demian Maia admits a series of mistakes cost him a big win over Mark Munoz” »

Manny Pacquiao- gets new title: Garments ambassador

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by Amy R. Remo

The Department of Trade and Industry is sending boxing champ Manny Pacquiao to the US to lobby American legislators for the passage of the Save Our Industries Act (Save Act), a bill expected to give the Philippine garments industry a Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- gets new title: Garments ambassador” »

Kell Brook blasts back at Amir Khan

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by George Scott

KELL BROOK believes he is on a collision course with Amir Khan.

Sheffield’s Kell Brook clinched the WBA inter-continental welterweight crown in his home town on Saturday, outpointing Continue reading “Kell Brook blasts back at Amir Khan” »

Manny Pacquiao- meeting with Nike founder, execs postponed ’til July

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MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s meeting with the bosses of top apparel company Nike was postponed last week due to the former’s prior commitment with his family Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- meeting with Nike founder, execs postponed ’til July” »

Pacman insists Marquez is dangerous

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MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao is not looking at Juan Manuel Marquez as somebody out to cash a paycheck and retire.

Told about the overwhelming 8-1 odds in his favor, Pacquiao told the Bulletin over the weekend that Marquez remains a dangerous foe and that taking him for granted is tantamount to jumping off a cliff.

Pacquiao is facing Marquez on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and despite the odds, the Filipino star said he has to be in top shape. Continue reading “Pacman insists Marquez is dangerous” »