The Freddie Roach-Alex Ariza relationship is still on a rocky road, with Coach Roach and Manny Pacquaio’s former strength and conditining coach continuing their scrap, which got physical in Macau, in the media.
During an interview with Radio Rahim of Maxboxing and SecondsOut, Roach said that when Ariza used to work with Manny, he acted “shady.”
“He used to give Manny a drink every day before a workout and I used to ask him what’s in that drink and he would never tell me, and I said I need to know what’s in that drink, because you gave it to my fighter, and if something goes wrong I’m gonna get the blame,” Roach told Rahim.
Based on those actions, Roach said, he’s not surprised Ariza has a cloud hanging over him in the eyes of some for his actions in the corner of Marcos Maidana after round 11 of the Argentine’s fight against Adrien Broner. To some, it looked like Ariza fed Maidana gauze mini-pads, which those that believe Ariza cheated thinks could have been adulterated with a stimulant, to give him pep vs. Broner.
I reached out to Ariza, and asked him for a reaction to the Roach insinuation. Not one typically to shrink for an opportunity to be candid and return fire, he instead he went the mellow route.
“None right now, I’m focused on Mikey (Garcia) and his fight (Jan. 25 vs. Juan Carlos Burgos in NYC,)” Ariza said.