|Political and boxing columnist Mortz Ortigoza (left) posed for posterity with Alex Ariza, Pacquaio's conditioning coach, after the former interviewed him at thebooxing pound-for-pound king's training camp in Baguio City, Philippines.|
Northern Watch’s Mortz Ortigoza sat recently with Columbian-American Alex Ariza --conditioning coach of Welterweight champion of the World Manny Pacquaio. Areza talked about Pacquaio not taking the drug test Olympic style, Pacquaio’s knocking out cold challenger Juan Manuel Marquez before the sixth rounds of their November 2011 rubber match, and on the negative statements of Promoter Lou DiBella and boxer Marcos Rene Maidana against him and his wards. Excerpts:
Lil’ Floyd Mayweather trainer Roger Mayweather said two days ago that Manny (Pacquaio) should take the drug test before he fights his nephew
Who said that?
Oh, Roger Mayweather said that?
He said the fight could not be possible if Manny would not take the 14 days drug test before he fights his nephew.
You know, what’s funny is he always say something about the drug test. We take drug test every time we fight. They have to come-up with different excuses. Secondly, why we do anything that the Mayweathers say? Like I said, they need to stick with the things that they do best. Yapping, fighting another family, embarrassing themselves! Never mind we are professionals. We do whatever the Commission says. Whatever these sanction bodies say. Those are the test we gonna take just to fight Floyd. The test outside, we don’t need too. He (Manny) is the best boxer.
How about the Olympic style of testing the Mayweathers want?
We don’t need, too. He (Manny) is the best boxer in the world. What we do what Manny says. We don’t need that test.
Only the test sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission?
Exactly. We are passing every test. There is a test for Manny and our fighters. We have Jorge Linares, we have Chavez Jr., we have Amir Khan, and all our fighters are passing test.
Amir Khan is the world anti-doping (model). He did random of testing throughout the whole year. None of our fighters are coming out dirty. So, they need to come-out with a new excuse, no more excuses.
What’s your take on the statement of promoter Lou DiBella that Manny is not on the level of Mayweather?
Lou DiBella said that?
Who is Lou DiBella? He is out on anybody’s radar. He needs to focus on his fighters. He got one of the best fighters in the world Sergio Martinez. He should focus to promote that guy and sell more than 15 tickets in his fight. Maybe he could be able to get those big fights. Maybe, he’ll be able to be on Pay Per View. He is too old on his years and stuff like that. He do all. He should close his mouth, and learn his stuffs like that. Focus on promoting fighters. Focus on how to become a good promoter. Maybe he’ll have those one of those big fights like that.
He is not on the same level of promoting. Maybe that’s why he thinks on Manny not on the same level of fighters.
What’s your take on (Marcos Rene) Maidana calling your protégée Amir Kahn “Queen Khan” and Eric Morales to fight him?
He barely passes Morales. Maidana is done. He is old news. Y’know this guy can no longer show on Fight Nights. He should shut up. Go to somewhere and do something. Don’t wait until after you lose the big fight, and start talking, talking, talking.
Maidana got this butt, and he came out short. Okay, he got those shots, now he’s already done. He had another shot with Morales, and he did not show up. Morales beating him in my opinion with one eye. So he wants to come back again and got another beating against Khan. Who gonna buy the tickets? Again, he gotta come up with good performances. So good tickets come, and you gonna loss that big fights. Yapping yapping, complaining why you know, he doesn’t got anything.
Manny now much bigger than Marquez. Do you think before the six rounds, Manny can knock out Marquez cold?
I think Manny gonna KO Marquez. The way this camp is going Manny is too much for Marquez. So all the beating and the throwing of rocks in the world does not gonna help Marquez.
Gezz man, he is now is bigger than Marquez.
Manny is not just bigger. He’s now a whole different fighter. He is more a complete fighter, athletic, speed, explosions, power, and height. He is ready. He is quite bigger, stronger, and faster. What’s Marquez gonna do. He is smarter, more technical fighter. But you know more precautious. At the end of the day that’s gonna not win the fight. It’s the complete fighter who wins the fight.
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