Alex Ariza Seems To Be Advising Floyd Mayweather

BY Michael Woods ON August 29, 2014
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There will come a time on the sports journalism beat, I think, when you will have someone, an intern maybe, dedicating themselves solely to monitoring social media accounts of the players.

I'd be wise to set up something like that just to check out Floyd Mayweathers' Twitter and Instragram accounts in the weeks leading up to his bouts. There's always breaking news posted, be it TMZ level soap operatic stuff, or beefs with ex besties/rap moguls or more intriguing, arguably, items such as this one:

Did you see who was helping Mr. Mayweather get stretched for a late night run last night? None other than controversial strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

You'll recall he has a history which makes his affiliation, however large or small, with Mayweather slightly compelling. Ariza was part of Team Pacquiao, before chafing with Coach Roach, and being jettisoned at Dedham Freddie's request, for being too big for his britches. Along the way, Ariza ruffled some Big Bird sized feathers with his needling of Top Rank boss Bob Arum, whom he called a "greedy pig" in 2011, for supposedly holding up a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Manny remained loyal to Ariza, but Freddie finally had enough when tensions frayed to the busting point. Pacman said Roach fired Ariza a few months before the Congressman was to glove up against Brandon Rios in Macau last December.

That stew boiled over when Roach and Ariza got into a physical beef in Macau. Roach in January of this year said he was suspicious of the drinks Ariza used to feed Pacman--"He's a little shady," said Freddie--and Ariza had the scrutiny turned up on him after Rios tested positive for a banned in the US stimulant from his sample taken after fighting Pacman. In April Ariza said he was suing Roach for talking nasty about him.

Ariza and Team Robert Garcia, to whom the S n G expert jumped ship post Pacman, seemed thick as thieves, but scrutiny and controversy dogged Ariza. People speculated about some video taken from Marcos Maidana's Dec. 2013 fight against Adrien Broner; did Ariza slip Maidana some sort of pill? Ariza denied that he was doing anything untoward, like slipping Maidana epinephrine, which can stop bleeding but also stimulates the heart and could give a stamina boost. Not guilty, Ariza told me.

Early Friday morning, Ariza posted a pic to Twitter, with the caption, "Night training with Floyd Mayweather." Hmmm…Minor masterful by Mayweather, as suckers like me take the red meat bait. It leads us to wonder how deep the relationship is. Was this a two ships passing in the night thing? Has Ariza joined Team Mayweather? Would a fee, if there is one, include a debriefing on what went on in the Maidana camp?

SATURDAY UPDATE: I didn't receive a callback from either Ariza or Robert Garcia, both of whom I requested comment.

Talk to me, readers. What say you?

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brownsugar says:

I think you're the one with all the answers fightwriter....I didn't even think of the "debriefing" angle because I was preoccupied with another aspect of the unlikely union.

However Floyd is known to do his homework...

Floyd's reading skills may need refinement but Floyd still absorbs information like the CIA.

remember when he busted Ortiz for perpetrating a fraudulent story about being tossed out on the curb and abandoned with his baby brother with nothing but the starry sky for a roof.... only for Floyd to discover he had spent much of that so called homeless time living in his fathers house.

Obviously more will be revealed.

deepwater2 says:

Floyd might be advising Ariza on who to work with and will let him juice up his security team; because Floyd knows how to train and stretch without this guy's help.

Ariza is going to wear out his welcome in boxing camps because no one likes a rat. What goes on in training camp is supposed to stay with the camp. Even Floyd keeps his sparring sessions in super secret mode.

I don't think there MM has any secrets in the ring. He is always on the hunt and lets his hands go any which way he can.

I see a UD for Floyd 8-4 , the ref will break them a bit early and will be quick to issue warnings this time around.

Froggy says:

Ariza seems to have a difficult time holding down a job ! For some reason I don't think his luck is going to change !

loulou says:

I say Mayweather is a sMarT lilLL' deviL whO doesn'T nEEd AriZa's hElp aT aLL, but jusT wanTs to desTabiliZe MaiDana and His Team. PreTTy fun and smarT mOve. Why noT !

Radam G says:

Actually Lil' Floyd knew about Vicious(less) Vic Ortiz like everyone else -- from the pugvine. VVO is a long-time liar. That sucka will always bit the hand that feeds him. And dat muthafibber is a big-time biter.

He stole -- or tried to steal -- the true story of the Washington D.C. Lamont brothers.

It is a small, small boksing world. And BIG lies don't have a lot of room and staying power.

There some mighty eyes from the game's watch tower. And you bullsyet! Especially against your own family! You will be eaten clam chowder. Holla!

Denise Alvarez says:

You know it! Floyd knows he could be dethroned by Maidana so he wants to know everything that went on in the Maidana camp. Alex Ariza is shady, seems like he can't get along with anyone. Wait until he gets turned off by Floyd's arrogance and self centered ways, then he'll spill the beans on Floyd.

Radam G says:

He will learn nothing about lil' Floyd that will be of any use to anybody. Ariza is a traveling tramp of minimum value to any boxer. He is a glorified water boy. Holla!

Froggy says:

Glorified water boy ! I like that, and agree that is exactly what he is, albeit, a disruptive water boy !

stormcentre says:

Clever psychological move on Floyd's part.

Now Chino (may) feel a little like Margarito felt when walking out to face Sugar Shane.

And . . . for that comparison perhaps Floyd may also feel the way Shane did; in such that Shane - for curious reasons - opted not to make too much of Antonio's (unfair) advantage.

Personally, I can't imagine anything that Ariza knows and/or can access that Floyd can't or hasn't.

Floyd's going to pick Chino apart - perhaps even bust him up.

Have a look at Mayweather V Chavez; Floyd destroyed Chavez' soul and "played" him brilliantly. Chavez was 35-1-0 going in and in his prime.

Alvarez; Floyd stood in front of him and completely surprised and embarrassed him. Alvarez is a solid light middle and in his prime.

Corley; azz whipping and out-classing of the highest order. Corely was/is no mug.

Gatti; seriously exposed as a club fighter.

Corrales; was 33-0-0 going in and was slapped senseless.

Castillo "may" have won the first fight, but Floyd had hand problems and was also moving up in weight from super featherweight to lightweight. Add to that Castillo was a big (particularly on fight night) lightweight. In the rematch Floyd dominated with a UD.

After the Castillo fights (which themselves followed the Jesus Chavez blowout) came Victoriano Sosa (35-2-2 going in with Floyd) and Ndou (30-1-0 going in with Floyd); with Sosa getting blown away on the scorecards for a UD win for Floyd, and Ndou getting stopped in the 7th round.

Both guys (Sosa and Ndou) were not past their use by dates when they fought Floyd, by any means.

The above is just a few.

There are many more brilliant fights and examples of how good Mayweather is, and (in my opinion) how he will become a serious problem for Chino in the rematch.

Chino is not tougher or a harder puncher than Alvarez.

Sure Floyd has performed better in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, and sure he has "managed" aspects of his career; but the boy can solve a problem in the ring and close/take guys out with not only minimal risk to himself but also a style that lends itself to judges - there's no doubt about that.

Floyd has just chosen to fight a way that preserves himself, his health and his wealth; particularly at welterweight and above.

Anyone thinking Floyd is not the real deal . . . . view the above (few) fights and the mad skills Floyd displays and ask yourself "do you think Floyd has forgot how to do that and/or that his current style has not evolved to be as it is, because it is not better".

One of Floyd's greatest assets is the fact that he knows precisely what counters are available to his opponent whenever he (himself) throws, and braced with this knowledge - when attacking or countering - he limits his opponent's options whilst maximising his own.

3G does a similar thing, although he is not as cerebral - more power centric - particularly after he knows he has confused his opponent's temporal balance with one of the punches I have previously described; to the temple with the right hand.

Check his (3G's) attack style - you will see what I mean.

Happy to elaborate if the demand for it is there.

With this knowledge, there is a way to beat Gennady or devise a fight plan that will (provided it is installed in the correct mind/body) thwart his style though.

I wonder if anyone that reads this site - that is all the top notch trainers and fighters - dares to step forward and explain it.

Come on - I dare and commend you.

amayseng says:

Chino is a harder one punch hitter than Canelo. Canelo is crisper and his power is aided by his combination punching, but Chino is harder puncher.

Gatti was waaaaaaaay past his prime and war torn. Sure Floyd would have beat him at any time in his career, but the fact you use that fight at that stage is a not accurate to Gatti's abilities. think about a prime Gatti against Floyd and what a good fight that would have been even if Floyd beat him 12 rounds to 0.

Floyd at this stage and age, would not beat GGG at 160.

deepwater2 says:

Chino is a harder one punch hitter than Canelo. Canelo is crisper and his power is aided by his combination punching, but Chino is harder puncher.

Gatti was waaaaaaaay past his prime and war torn. Sure Floyd would have beat him at any time in his career, but the fact you use that fight at that stage is a not accurate to Gatti's abilities. think about a prime Gatti against Floyd and what a good fight that would have been even if Floyd beat him 12 rounds to 0.

Floyd at this stage and age, would not beat GGG at 160.


Correct. If you rematch that fight Gatti looks bloated and out of it before the bell even sounded. Remember the first knockdown that set the tone for the rest of the fight? Floyd elbowed Gatti to the face, Gatti turned to the ref to complain, Floyd clocked him. Gatti went down, got up and was never in the fight. The elbow started the end.

At this stage Floyd won't fight PAC how can he fight GGG?

brownsugar says:

You know it! Floyd knows he could be dethroned by Maidana so he wants to know everything that went on in the Maidana camp. Alex Ariza is shady, seems like he can't get along with anyone. Wait until he gets turned off by Floyd's arrogance and self centered ways, then he'll spill the beans on Floyd.


There is a saying in the bible, "be either hot or cold or I will spew you out of my mouth"
There is nothing lukewarm about your feelings for Ariza (and Floyd).
Welcome to the TSS Deniese Alvarez.

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