The third episode of HBO’s 24/7: Pacquiao-Rios culminated with Wednesday’s controversial, obscenity-laced altercation between the trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia as well as strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza.
Freddie Roach tells the boxing media that he’s not impressed with Brandon Rios, who he says lacks defense and was lucky to win a lightweight title. Rios faces Roach’s star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, on Saturday in Macau.
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza spoke with RingTV’s Ryan Songalia about the kicking incident that transpired Wednesday afternoon between himself and Freddie Roach at a public workout in Macau. Ariza, who previously worked with Roach as Manny Pacquiao’s strength coach, also discussed his work with Brandon Rios.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum talks to RingTV.com about the kicking incident between Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Brandon Rios’ conditioning coach Alex Ariza, plus the possibility of Pacquiao facing Ruslan Provodnikov and more.
Freddie Roach regarding Manny Pacquiao’s concern for his storm-ravaged Filipino countrymen: “We were talking about it yesterday, about how many people were killed in the storm. He is concerned about his people, but he knows that this is a big fight.”
Promoter Artie Pelullo calls newl WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov “the most exciting fighter in the business.” He wants the Russian bomber to face Tim Bradley in a rematch or the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios.
Ruslan Provodnikov’s mother traveled from Russia for what is both her first trip to the U.S. and the first time she will be ringside to watch her son as he battles Mike Alvarado on Saturday.
Ruslan Provodikov was one-half of one of the best fights so far of 2013, his brutal 12-round battle with Tim Bradley in March. The Russian bomber tells RingTV.com that his Saturday showdown with Mike Alvarado will be just as dramatic. “I think it will be another candidate for fight of the year,” said Provodnikov.
Juan Manuel Marquez said he was “scared of the judges more than” Tim Bradley during the post-fight press conference for their WBO welterweight title bout that Bradley won by split decision on Saturday in Las Vegas.
After training Miguel Cotto for last Saturday’s Delvin Rodriguez fight, Freddie Roach arrived to Manny Pacquiao’s gym in General Santos City, Philippines, on Thursday. Roach, who brought two sparring partners with him, will take over the final six weeks of Pacquiao’s camp for the Nov. 24 bout with Brandon Rios.