Floyd Mayweather Sr has directed an expletive-ridden outburst at his son’s strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, ahead of the Manny Pacquiao fight.
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Mayweather Sr has never been shy to share his opinion on certain matters, and he has made it relatively clear that he isn’t a fan of Ariza’s work.
Ariza has previously worked with Manny Pacquiao for several years until trainer Freddie Roach fired him in 2012 for becoming too involved in boxing matters in the corner.
The pair evidently clashed as the strength and conditioning expert wanted a bigger role and was seemingly going beyond the duties of his position and was having too much influence for Roach’s liking.
Fast forward to present day and Ariza is now part of Team Mayweather, although the unbeaten superstar’s father and trainer isn’t a fan of him either judging from his recent comments.
“That son of a b**** ain’t strengthening nobody. He ain’t nobody. He’s in there, I can’t say exactly what he’s doing but he ain’t strength training Floyd. What Floyd’s doing everybody’s helping, it’s not just one person,” Mayweather Sr told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
“He don’t know s*** anyways, he don’t know anything about no damn boxing. I do know that. If he does know anything, it’s some dirty s*** and it’s something that nobody wants to use or hear about.”
It appears as though Ariza has stepped on some more toes despite his change in employment, and it is a similar complaint that Roach made as he highlighted the work that he did with Pacquaio wasn’t beneficial and got in the way of his methods.
It remains to be seen whether or not this is mind-games and Mayweather has in fact benefited from the work he has done with Ariza in preparing for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The war of words between the two camps continues with less than two weeks to go until fight night, but all the answers will be provided when the two pound-for-pound kings of boxing step into the ring and settle their rivalry.