Manny Pacquiao's Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza Calls Bob Arum "Unprofessional"

Manny Pacquiao's Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza Calls Bob Arum

Alex Ariza (left) and Chavez Jr (right)
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Alex Ariza is angry with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum over what he sees as unprofessional treatment of the career of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KO). Ariza is the conditioning coach for both Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO), as well as Chavez Jr. The consistent confusion over whether Chavez Jr. would defend his title against Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO) on September 17 in Mexico has deeply upset Ariza. Arum has said that he wants the fight cancelled over the fact that Chavez Jr.'s trainer, Freddie Roach, wouldn't be available to be in his corner. Another reason has been that Chavez Jr. has another fight already scheduled for live HBO on November 19 against Peter Manfredo, Jr. (37-6, 20 KO) that Roach will actually be able to attend. But now, Arum has recently told Ring Magazine: This is all Julio Jr. doing it for the father and doing it for the government. Can I stop him under my contract? Yes. Will I stop him? Of course not. So in that regard, I have nothing say. Arum is referring to the Mexican government that has asked Chavez Jr. to fight in honor of his father, Chavez Sr. who is a national hero in Mexico and will have a building dedicated to him.

Ariza fired back at Arum with an interview with Fight Hype, saying the following: Do you know why they're turning their back on him? Because this thing has disaster written all over it. No trainer, four weeks to get ready for a title shot, and I don't know anything about this kid Ronald Hearns. Ariza believes Arum is treating Chavez Jr. with a lack of respect other fighters are being treated with such as Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO). I dare you...dare you to go to Team Khan and say, 'Oh, we're going to hurry up and put together a title defense for Amir Khan,' as he expresses in the following: Chavez Jr., while not nearly as accomplished as his father, is a middleweight world champion and a popular attraction in Mexico. Some respect should be given during the decision-making as to whether he will fight or not. Whether this reaction from Ariza is justified given his opposition, an opponent many pundits are calling a tuneup, is up for debate. So here's a question to ask to the boxing fans via a quote from Ariza: Let me ask you something, do you think that would ever happen if it was Manny Pacquiao?