LAS VEGAS - Conditioning coach Alex Ariza believes Manny Pacquiao is not yet past his prime, but insisted the boxing hero needs to fire the people around him and find a new team.
Ariza, who joined Floyd Mayweather's camp following his falling-out with Pacquiao, said the unanimous decision loss in the 'Fight of the Century' once again exposed the lack of a competent team that could help the Pacman adjust during the course of a difficult fight.
“I felt bad for Manny because I think he could have done a lot better if he had a better team helping him,” said Ariza shortly after Mayweather's victory.
“I thought he was just fighting on his own. I didn’t see any strategy or any adjustment or anything. I saw a lot of confusion and craziness going on his corner. I felt he was in there by himself,” he added.
Ariza then trained his guns at Pacquiao's longtime trainer Freddie Roach: “Look at the guy. It’s obvious Manny didn’t even throw 500 punches tonight.”
“Manny Pacquiao can still be Manny Pacquiao. He just needs to find a good team to bring out the old Manny,” Ariza told Spin.ph. “I think it’s time for Manny to find a new team.”
The outspoken former Team Pacquiao conditioning coach also believes that it is Roach who most of the time puts pressure on his fighter by trying to attract all the attention in media.
“I think Freddie makes it about Freddie. Freddie wants all these about him. He takes away from the fighter. He wants all the fame, he wants all the notoriety, he wants all the accolades,” he said.
“But he doesn’t want to take any responsibility as to why Manny didn’t perform,” he said.
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Asked if Roach is no longer capable of handling Pacquiao, Ariza let out a solid straight.
“He’s been done for a while. He is just a product of you guys (media). You guys write about him, make him say ‘Oh, Freddie Roach says this, Freddie Roach says knockout, Freddie Roach says Manny is this.' But I didn’t hear anything from Manny,” he said.
“You guys perpetuate Freddie’s craziness and his belligerent nonsense,” added Ariza.
Ariza said also has to get rid of people who 'got their hands in his pockets.'
“I wouldn’t go as far as say it’s being chaotic there. I don’t know Manny’s team. I know when I was there. But he got to get rid of people that got their hands in his pockets. It’s what he has to get rid of,” said Ariza.