There was a bit of a dust up at the gym in Macau, China, ahead of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios bout. The situation seems to have started due to Freddie Roach wanting to have the gym and Robert Garcia insisting that he was not going anywhere until he was done with the media and Brandon finished his work out. Things took a turn for the worse when Alex Ariza got into the mix and started telling Roach to “get the f*ck out of here.”
In the video you see Ariza kick Roach. Also, Roach gets into it with another member of camp Rios and started throwing insults that were ethnically based, and nearly got Roach hurt when the much larger man wanted to hurl more then insults back at Freddie. The crazy situation ended with Ariza making fun of Roaches stuttering, and Roach ultimately leaving the gym. The fight is less then 4 days away and already you can tell there is fireworks in store for the battle in Macau.
One has to wonder if this type of distraction is good or bad before the big fight or whether or not it will change either trainers approach to the bout. I would have to think both teams will check this kind of controversy at the door and let the fighters do the fighting, because that is what the boxing fans are really looking for.
Here is a video of the scuffle brought to you rappler.com you can see how events unfolded.