'Pacquiao might choose between Roach, Ariza'

Posted at 05/30/12 6:48 PM

Scribe says Pacman needs to settle squabble

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao would have to settle the internal squabble in his team, particularly between his trainer Freddie Roach and his conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Boxing scribe Michael Marley said that once the Timothy Bradley fight is done, the fighting congressman would have to step in and mediate.

If this doesn’t work, then changes would have to be made, said Marley.

“I think that, once this fight is over, Pacquiao needs to set his squabbling staff straight or make some changes,” he said in Examiner.

There is an ongoing tension between Roach and Ariza since the Colombian coach left Pacquiao’s Baguio training camp last month.

With Pacquiao’s permission, Ariza flew to the US to join another client, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

This didn’t sit well with Roach, however, who wanted the Colombian conditioning expert fired.

Ariza later joined Pacquiao for the remaining of the Filipino boxer's camp in Los Angeles.

'Tension won't affect Pacquiao'

Ironically, it was Roach who introduced Ariza to Pacquiao’s team.

But Marley said such tension is unlikely to affect Pacquiao’s performance against Bradley.

He even likened Pacquiao to Muhammad Ali, whose team was also plagued with internal squabbles.

“You might think this internal dissent will harm Pacquiao's fight night performance but he's like Muhammad Ali in the sense that an internal, infernal sideshow in his own camp seems to be more of an amusement than an annoyance,” Marley said.

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