MANILA, Philippines – Strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza is confident that Manny Pacquiao’s tax issues will not affect the Filipino boxer’s training camp for his June 9 bout against undefeated American Timothy Bradley Jr.
“Manny is used to distractions and stuff like that,” Ariza said in an interview with RingTV.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed charges against Pacquiao last month after the boxer allegedly snubbed the agency’s summons to submit certain documents.
Pacquiao has vowed to fight the charges, but said he will leave the case up to his lawyers as he needs to start preparing for his bout against Bradley.
Ariza, for his part, doesn’t believe the issues outside the ring will affect Pacquiao much, especially because of the boxer’s renewed faith.
“With his newfound faith and the way he’s approached religion, he’s left a lot of the other stuff behind,” Ariza said.
“I always think that’s a good thing. Hopefully that will give him more time with me and we can get back to working on some of the old workouts we used to do,” he added.
Ariza said that Pacquiao is “tying up some loose ends” but will start training soon.
“As soon as he gets that settled, he’s going to get right into it. We still got a lot of time,” he said.
Ariza is already in the Philippines, where he is training British boxer Amir “King” Khan for his upcoming rematch against Lamont Peterson on May 19.