Alex Ariza: ‘Floyd’s fighting May 2nd but it’s not going to be Manny’
Milan Ordoñez on Jan 21, 2015 03:36 PM
Photo credit: Alex Ariza Facebook fan page
MANILA – They say “familiarity breeds contempt”, and Alex Ariza has been the living example of it.
A notable Team Pacquiao member for five years, Ariza signed with “The Money Team” in September, and now works exclusively with undefeated pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather.
Now able to see both sides of the coin, the controversial strength and conditioning coach is not optimistic about the slated May 2nd date for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega fight.
“It's not going to happen,” Ariza told ABS-CBN correspondent Steve Angeles. “We're fighting May 2nd but it's not going to be Manny Pacquiao.”
Recently, Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum announced that Pacquiao has agreed to all terms, and that cable networks HBO and Showtime are beginning to work out a joint broadcast deal, similar to what they did during the heavyweight clash between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002.
However, this was vehemently denied by Mayweather, who pointed fingers on Arum once again as the main deterrent for success of the negotiations.
"We're trying, but it's been extremely difficult dealing with Top Rank,” Mayweather told rapper DJ Whoo in a separate phone interview. “I don't want to sit right here and point the finger at Pacquiao and say it's him, because it's not Pacquiao. It's his promoter.”
As expected, Ariza corroborated his new client’s claims.
“Hopefully, Bob Arum will blow away in the wind or whatever. As soon as we get rid of him we can get it on.”
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