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    'Genius' Ariza takes the blame for Brandon Rios' failed drug test

    Dec 15, 2013
    Alex Ariza during his days as strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao. Jerome Ascano

    ALEX Ariza, the former strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, refused to comment on the failed drug test of one-time lightweight champion Brandon Rios after working with the American in his last fight against the Filipino boxing icon.

    Rios tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine, a form of dietary supplement considered a performance-enhancing drug. The American flunked his post-fight drug test during his November 24 welterweight showdown against Pacquiao at the Cotai Arena in Macau.

    Ariza said he’s open about everything he’s been administering on the 27-year-old Rios.

    “We disclosed everything we were taking,” said Ariza in an interview with ESPN.

    Ariza was in San Antonio, Texas when he served as strength and conditioning coach of the victorious Marcos Maidana in his welterweight title fight against Adrian Broner on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).

    Ariza was Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach since his 2008 fight with Oscar Dela Hoya until his 2012 bout with rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

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    Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum earlier blamed Ariza for Rios’ failed drug test.

    “Brandon had the genius Ariza, trying to help him make weight,” Arum said. “It’s not the fighter's fault. It's the people who are conditioning him. He's following orders on what to eat and drink, so I don't blame him.

    "Brandon's not a nutritionist. It's generally the conditioner's fault if the kid doesn't make weight. This is Ariza's fault.

    “The fighter, in my experience, follows religiously what he is told to eat and drink. If he's being advised by people who consider themselves experts, but who really don't know s---, that's when you get in trouble.”

    Rios lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Pacquiao.

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    Alex Ariza during his days as strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao. Jerome Ascano
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