Ariza warns Pacquiao of Mayweather’s power, fires at Roach

Stacey Verbeek

Conditioning coach Alex Ariza, who switched allegiance after a falling out with Freddie Roach in 2013, swears that his current boss Floyd Mayweather is going to ruin Manny Pacquiao in their scheduled 12-round welterweight showdown.

“Once Manny tastes his (Mayweather) power, we’ll see who is going to run…If Floyd sees the opportunity, I think he will finish him off,”Ariza said Michael Marley of

Ariza, who served under Pacquiao starting in 2008, even lashed out at Roach, who he describes as “trying to stay relevant.”

“He’s trying to stay relevant. He’s at the end of his career and he’s trying to stay relevant,” said the very vocal Ariza, who figured in an altercation with Roach in Nov. 2013 when Pacquiao was preparing to battle Brandon Rios in Macau.

In that incident, Ariza kicked Roach on the stomach during a heated argument over gym use.

Ariza observes that Pacquiao is not changing any aspect of his game during training.

“It’s redundant,” said Ariza, a native of Colombia.


After opening the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao’s next media commitment will be a conference call in the middle of next week, his publicist Fred Sternburg announced yesterday.

Following the conference call, Pacquiao and his team will get ready to travel to Las Vegas by land.

A bus that will be custom-made will bring members of his entourage and family members to Sin City on April 27.

Arrival honors are scheduled possibly on Tuesday of fight week.

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