Freddie Roach goes off in the training gym shared by Pacquiao and Rios, which started a brawl between both camps.
If there wasn't any bad blood between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios going into their pay-per-view fight on Saturday night on HBO, then there definitely will be after Tuesday morning.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, the camps for both Pacquiao and Rios got into a brawl around 11 a.m. Macau time after both camps exchanged derogatory and racial slurs, leading to physical blows following a dispute about gym access.
Rios and his trainer Robert Garcia were scheduled to train from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., but started late due to media interviews. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, asked Garcia if they could end their workout at 11 a.m., as Pacquiao was scheduled to do his training from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
According to Iole, Roach called Garcia "a piece of [expletive]," which escalated the scenario. Alex Ariza, Rios' conditioning coach who at one point was Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach before being fired by Roach, told his old boss to "get the [expletive] out of the gym." Roach responded by saying "Make me get out."
Ariza continued the words by mocking Roach's Parkinson's disease, and then later on kicked Roach in the chest. As the melee went on, Ariza told Roach, "You're a [expletive] joke," then called him a gay slur.
It's not the first time Roach's Parkinson's disease was made fun of by Rios' camp. In 2010, Rios and Garcia mocked Roach's tremors on camera with reporter Elie Seckbach, who was also present for this altercation, which created the tension between the two fighters' camps.
Meanwhile Garcia was sitting on the ring steps actually doing an interview when Roach stormed into the gym yelling "Get the [expletive] out of here."
Garcia, who claimed that he was just trying to finish the workout that began late because of the interview, said that, "the first thing he said was, 'Get out of here you piece of [expletive]," Garcia said. "That was the first thing he told me. I was like, 'What?' He was like, 'Get the [expletive] out of here.' He called me a piece of [expletive]. Then he called my friend 'a [expletive] Mexican,' and he called Elie, 'a [expletive] Jew.' What the [expletive] is that?"
Roach denied making any racial comments and claims that he simply asked Garcia to leave.
"I don't like them," Roach mentioned of Garcia, Rios and Seckbach. "They're not good people." (The video below is NSFW)
Despite Pacquiao's two losses in 2012 and critics saying that his career is in decline, Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) is favored in the LVH SuperBook as the -430 favorite, with Rios the underdog at +360 going into Saturday's welterweight prize fight in Macua, China.
Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) goes into Saturday night's fight coming off his first career loss after losing a 12-round unanimous decision in a rematch against Mike Alvarado, whom he defeated the first time in October 2010 on a seventh-round TKO.