The strength and conditioning trainer for WBO world welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, Alex Ariza, nixed rumors yesterday during an interview with abs-cbnnews.com that he has split with the Filipino superstar.
In actuality, Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), who is preparing to battle WBO light welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, granted Ariza permission to work with some of his other clients.
“I spoke with Manny and [British boxer] Amir [Khan] about Julio (Cesar Chavez Jr.) last Friday night and got their okay to leave,” Ariza said. “Manny’s the most understanding athlete in the world. When I asked his permission, he immediately told me, no problem, do what I had to do. He gave me his blessing. I’ll be waiting for Manny when he gets to Los Angeles in two weeks.”
The 28-year-old Bradley (28-0-0-1, 12 KOs), who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is also a former two-time light welterweight champ who has trumped solid pugilists Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander.
“Desert Storm” is a fundamentally sound, and allegedly dirty, prizefighter who could pose some issues for “Pac-Man.”
Unfortunately for “Desert Storm,” he is simply not in the same class as the man named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, Bradley has feathery fists and he will not be physically capable of damaging “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” when they throw fists.
Pacquiao, the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, possesses superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and Bradley will inevitably land firmly on Queer Street sometime prior to the ninth round.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“I have never thought much of Bradley,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “Manny will dominate this one.”
“Manny will dominate this one” and Alex Ariza vacating Pacquiao’s camp for two weeks will prove to be “no problem.”by