Mayweather begins camp for acid test against Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather

Tom Casino

Floyd Mayweather kicked off his training for the May 2 super-fight with Manny Pacquiao on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

The major players of training camp—Floyd Sr., his uncle Roger, renowned cutman-wraps specialist Rafael Garcia and conditioning coach Alex Ariza—have been told to report for active duty.

The start of training camp for Mayweather will be exactly two months before the 38-year-old Michigan-born fighter deals with Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

While the Mayweather clan will be well represented, focus will be on the participation of Ariza and the 85-year-old Garcia, a colorful character whose expertise brought him to work the corners of Roberto Duran and Alexis Arguello.

Garcia was part of Mayweather’s team from 2000 until last year when he announced his retirement.

But Mayweather recalled Garcia so they can join hands anew for what has been labeled as the richest fight in history.

Another potential scene-stealer in camp will be Ariza, who worked as Pacquiao’s strength coach from 2008 until 2012.

Ariza is now with Mayweather after a five-year stint with Pacquiao.

During Ariza’s Pacquiao stint, the 36-year-old Pacquiao scored some of his biggest wins, including the retirement of Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008, the second-round demolition of Ricky Hatton and the beatdown of Miguel Cotto, both in 2009.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks