Brandon Rios’ Strength Coach Alex Ariza Kicks Manny Pacquiao’s Trainer Freddy Roach In The Chest During Argument In Gym
Things got ugly between the camps of boxers Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios Tuesday (November 19) in Macau, China.
The two camps have to share one ring while training in Macau. For that reason they are given 2 hour time slots. Rios trains from 9-11AM. Pacquiao gets ring time from 11AM to 1PM.
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, approached Rios’ trainer, Robert Garcia, and told him to vacate when they ran over their time limit.
A shouting match ensued. During the argument Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach for Rios, kicked Roach in the chest.
The two were separated, but continue to jaw at each other. It’s interesting to note that Ariza was fired by Roach as Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach.
“(Roach) just wanted to start a little fight. He’s in trouble. Believe me, he’s in trouble. Didn’t you guys just see how he reacted? He’s in trouble. He’s nervous. He’s scared. … He came to us, like, ‘get out of here you piece of sh*t!’ … He called me a piece of sh*t, then he called my friend a ‘f*cking Mexican,’ then he called Elie (Seckbach) a ‘f*cking Jew.’ What the f*ck is that?”
“Rational people don’t do that. Professionals don’t do that. We have to share a playing field right now. You don’t interrupt an interview and start calling the other guy a piece of sh*t. It’s just completely unprofessional. It’s juvenile. But it also goes to show that Freddie is really concerned about what’s going on here. He feels territorial, he came in with the same attitude. He wanted to kick something off. He came over here, interrupted Robert, started calling him names. And then he just started yelling at me for no reason. You see, in the past — this isn’t Wild Card. Freddie’s used to grabbing people and throwing them out, cocking his fist back. So when he did that, well, you know, to me that’s a sign of aggression.”
(on kicking Roach) “He got physical. He was gonna hit Robert. I told him that this isn’t Wild Card. You don’t call the shots here. He came at me, cocked his fist back, and yeah, he got a front kick in the chest.”
Rios and Pacquiao will fight Saturday November 23 at Cotai Arena in Macau. The bout will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.
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