Will Manny Pacquiao Be the Next One to Drop Alex Ariza?

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 17, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 19:  Strength and  Conditioning coach Alex Ariza during a training session at the IBA gym on July 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach who worked with Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., seems to be feuding with Bob Arum and Freddie Roach.

Ariza has been very vocal lately about his criticism of Arum and there seems to be a disconnect between him and Roach.

Recently, Ariza's performance with Roach's fighters has been subpar in comparison to past performances. 

For example, when Pacquiao fought Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez, he seemed less explosive and not as impressive as before. While this may be attributed to styles and age, Pacquiao complained about leg cramps numerous times, and Ariza has failed to do anything about it.

Next there's Khan, who lost a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson, who recently got caught taking synthetic testosterone pellets. While Khan looked impressive in his Judah victory, he looked less than stellar, conditioning-wise, in the fights with Peterson and Paul McCloskey.

Now Ariza seems to be falling out of favor with Roach and his fighters. 

Khan replaced Ariza early this year with Ruben Tabares, the strength and conditioning coach of David Hayes. Khan had been disappointed with Ariza and finally decided to move on without him.

Manny Pacquaio is continually disappointed with Ariza, from his workouts to his inability to stop the cramps in his fights. Ariza made things worse when he declared he'd leave Pacquiao in the middle of his camp to work with Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas. He was to then again join up with Pacquiao when he came back to the United States.

Then recently, it was announced by Ring Magazine via Twitter that Ariza would no longer be working with Chavez Jr:

"Michael, Doug or Lem @ringmagazine

Lem: Arum and Roach confirmed that Roach will be with Chavez, but Ariza will not #boxing"

Chavez Jr. was the reason Ariza left Pacquiao early, and now he's left in the dust.

With Pacquiao the only fighter left from Roach's high-profile trio of fighters, will he be the final one to drop Ariza?

This may happen if Pacquiao isn't happy with the results of his June 9th fight with Timothy Bradley. If Pacquiao loses, there is no doubt that Ariza will be out the door and out of Pacquiao's camp.