In a strange turn of events, famed Manny Pacquiao strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza says he would like to see Pacquiao fight Juan Manuel Marquez and not Shane Mosley.
"Mosley? He’ll be tired after 15 minutes, so what’s the point of that fight? Manny knocks him out and probably, Manny won’t even train for that fight. That guy is a quitter. He quit against Mayweather in three rounds...[I like Marquez] because he’s got balls. He’s got heart. And he’s stupid enough to think he can beat Manny. So that’s a great fight."
This is something that you would expect from Freddie Roach, or maybe Pacquiao himself.
But Ariza? I did not see that coming.
Ariza is a important member within Team Pacquiao, but this seems a little odd to me. Why is he calling out fighters and especially bashing a future Hall of Famer like Mosley?
They are pretty strong words coming from a man who has done great things with Pacquiao but has never actually stepped into the ring himself.
That’s my real problem with him saying anything disparaging about a future Hall of Fame boxer who has stepped into the ring 54 times as a professional.
Does Marquez have a chance at 147?
If you have stepped into the ring or have trained boxers your whole adult life, you have the right to call fighters out.
For what it's worth, I think that Ariza pretty much called the Mosley fight right, but he should have kept it to himself and not aired it to the public.
I commented earlier that I don’t think this fight would be competitive, but I am actually warming up to a third fight between the two.
The problem with the fight is that Pacquiao isn’t going to fight below 147 pounds.
"We’re not going to fight below 147....Manny has fought a perfect six fights in a row at this weight (147 pounds) and looked tremendously well at this class because he’s not killing himself to make the weight."
To point something out, Pacquiao has only fight two fights at 147, not six. He fought Joshua Clottey and Oscar De La Hoya at 147, and Margarito at 150.
He fought Ricky Hatton at 140 and looked unreal, and fought Miguel Cotto at 145. If they do make Marquez fight at 147, that is just plain cheap and dirty.
They know that Marquez is overmatched above the lightweight limit by the one time he fought there and looked awful.
I will say, though, he will come to fight. And he really wants the win, so it could be entertaining.
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