Former Pacquiao trainer now working for Floyd?


Posted at Sep 03 2014 04:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2014 12:19 AM

Is Manny Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza now working with American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

Mayweather seemed to say as much when he posted a picture on one of his social media accounts, showing Ariza "stretching me before my run."

Ariza famously worked with Pacquiao for some of his biggest fights, before being dismissed from the team last year over disagreements with Freddie Roach.

The strength and conditioning trainer has since worked briefly for Robert Garcia's fighters, including Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios and Marcos Maidana, but left that camp earlier this year as well.

Mayweather, for his part, had questioned Ariza's work with fighters before, asking why certain boxers – including Maidana and Pacquiao – seemed "stronger" when they were worker with Ariza but suffered a dip in power when they stopped working with him.

The American boxer did invite Ariza to his camp prior to his September 13 rematch against Maidana after learning that the trainer had left the Maidana camp.

"I would like Ariza to come over to my camp, you know, since I don't use no physical trainer," Mayweather said.

Garcia and Maidana have both dismissed this development.

"That doesn't interest me," Maidana told Boxing Scene when informed that Ariza was now seemingly working with Mayweather. "I know he's a strength and conditioning coach, and he has to do his job."

"It is what it is, it doesn't affect us," said Garcia. "I know Mayweather is smart. Mayweather is not going to hire someone in two weeks to do magic. Mayweather isn't stupid."

"I think he's just using Alex as a dummy, and Alex is just being a dummy," added the coach. "I feel bad for Alex; he shouldn't have allowed that to happen. He's smarter than that."

Roach, who got into a physical confrontation with Ariza in November 2013 prior to Pacquiao's showdown with Rios, has also shrugged off the coach's partnership with Mayweather.

"What does he know?" Roach said of Ariza in a separate Boxing Scene report.. "He's not a trainer. It's like… who cares."