MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach countered the recent claim of Manny Pacquiaoâ€™s former conditioning coach Alex Ariza that the multi-awarded trainerâ€™s best days as a cornerman is over, saying Ariza doesnâ€™t deserve the media attention.
Roach fired Ariza as Pacquiaoâ€™s conditioning coach with Ariza moving over to Brandon Rios, whom the Filipino icon will be facing in November in Macau.
Ariza recently took a swipe at Roach on Twitter.
â€œBecause Freddie physically canâ€™t push the fighters anymore and itâ€™s caused a 2yr losing streak and itâ€™s getting fighters Knock Out!â€ tweeted Ariza, referring to Pacquiaoâ€™s losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
In a report by Chris Robinson of hustleboss.com, Roach brushed off Arizaâ€™s statement, daring reporters to ask the fighters he currently trains whether he has shown signs of slippage.
â€œYou know, he (Ariza) can say what he wants,â€ Roach said. â€œAll I ask you guys to do is, ask Ruslan Provodnikov, ask Miguel Cotto, ask Manny Pacquiao have I slowed down at all? Ask them that question. Do I believe in my fighters? Do I want them to win? Do I push them? Ask them that and theyâ€™ll give you the right answer.â€
It was Roachâ€™s turn then to take a swipe at Ariza.
â€œThe thing is, the more I talk about him the more press he gets and I donâ€™t want to give him any press. The thing is, I didnâ€™t feel like he was doing anything for Pacquiao and I wanted Pacquiao to go back to the old ways,â€ said the bespectacled trainer.
It has been reported that Roach and some members of Team Pacquiao pointed to Ariza as the one responsible for the fighting congressmanâ€™s battle with cramps during his recent bouts.
The five-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year is set to arrive in the Philippines within the month to train Pacquiao in General Santos City for his fight with Rios on Nov. 24. â€“ Dino Maragay/Contributor