The third and final episode of HBO’s 24/7: Pacquiao-Rios aired Thursday night and the broadcast was unflinching as it addressed Wednesday’s obscenity-laced altercation in Macau between the Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios camps in advance of Saturday’s welterweight bout (Sunday in China).
Narrator Liev Schreiber set up the dramatic altercation near the end of the show, one which involved Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia and former Pacquiao conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, who later engaged in an angry tirade with Roach that turned violent.
“Wednesday, Brandon Rios’ 9 a.m. workout at the gym being shared by both fighters starts late due to press obligations that run long,” explains Schreiber. “When Freddie arrives at 11 a.m. sharp for his fighter’s scheduled start time the Rios camp offers no signals that they’re about to wrap up. After a few minutes, Roach decides he’s waited long enough and makes clear to Robert Garcia that it’s time for his team to go.”
An argument ensues, during which a standing Roach confronts Garcia, who is seated on a ring apron.
“We’ve got about 30 more minutes,” says Garcia.
“No you don’t,” says Roach, indicating that Rios’ session was to end at 11 a.m.
“We’re not going nowhere. We were here because we had some interviews with ESPN,” answers Garcia. “I ain’t going nowhere.”
Meanwhile, Rios is seen working out on a distant exercise machine.
Roach mutters that Garcia is “a piece of s–t.”
“Don’t call me a piece of s–t,” Garcia responds.
Soon, thereafter, Ariza is heard mocking Roach, who has Parkinson’s disease, and later, is shown repeatedly doing so in full view of the camera.
As Roach steps past Garcia and toward Ariza, Ariza raises his right foot and appears to kick Roach in the chest area.
After a face-to-face verbal exchange between Roach and Garcia, a Rios camp member screams for Roach to “get your f–king ass outta here.”
Roach responds by calling the man a “Mexican motherf–ker,” and later states, “get him the f–k outta here too, f–kin Jew motherf–ker.”
Although it is not clear whether or not Roach is referring to internet videographer Elie Seckbach, who is Jewish and who is in the gym as well, Seckbach, camera in hand, later asks, “Freddie, you don’t like Jewish people now? What did I do?”
“After the encounter,” says Schreiber, “each side is unrepentent about the ugliness that transpired.”
Roach explains: “I got kicked in the chest, but it’s not going to prevent me from working with Manny today or anything like that,” adding “Ariza will take his trophy home that he got away with kicking Freddie Roach and he didn’t get hit back, but it is what it is.”
Garcia also responds.
“He [Roach] definitely disrespected us, but it’s not going to affect us,” says Garcia. “It actually motivates us a little more. It’s affecting them. They’re hurt. They’r f–king mad. They’re nervous. They’re scared. They’re worried. They’re worried.”
Rios, meanwhile, is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Mike Alvarado in March that avenged Alavarado’s seventh-round stoppage loss in October of 2012.
Below are videos of the incident.