WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza left the Filipino champion’s camp to prepare Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. for his upcoming fight in May.
Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach called Ariza’s action to leave while training Pacquiao and Amir Khan as an unfair and unprofessional act, but the veteran trainer is confident that it won’t affect Pacquiao’s training.
“Manny already knows the basics on how to put himself in shape and I don’t believe Alex’s absence would adversely affect these aspects of preparations seven weeks before his next fight,” Roach said in an interview with PhilBoxing.com.
Roach also added that Ariza’s decision to focus on Chavez will not destroy what Pacquiao has started because the pound-for-pound King has matured enough to overcome all the distractions before his June 9 fight against Timothy Bradley.
Members of team Pacquiao expressed their disappointment with Ariza’s decision, saying that the conditioning and strength coach rose into fame because of Pacquiao and choosing Chavez over the Filipino champion is not understandable.
Pacquiao, however, defended Ariza and said that the trainer asked permission from him and he gave the go signal along with an agreement that they will train together once again when Pacquiao trains at the Wild Card Gym before the fight.
Roach said that Manny is too kind when a member of his team has a request and he added that he will not be surprised if Pacquiao says yes once again if Ariza approaches him yet again.
Without Ariza, Filipino trainer Marvin Samodio, who has worked with Khan before, will take over in the meantime and Roach expressed confidence with Samodio’s capabilities.
“Marvin’s more than qualified to do the job. In fact, I plan to bring him back to the Wild Card Gym to continue implementing the program in case Alex doesn’t come back,” Roach said.
Pacquiao is currently training in Baguio that will run for three weeks before flying to Los Angeles for a five-week training camp at the Wild Card Gym before his title defense.