Ariza not bothered by steroid accusations

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 26 2011 02:06 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2011 10:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, is not concerned about the accusations of steroid use against the Filipino boxing champion.

Ariza has worked with Pacquiao for his last 8 fights, all of which were victories. While working with Ariza, Pacquiao successfully moved up in weight while keeping his speed, and held victories over Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.

"Manny Pacquiao has blown out everybody he's fought in his last 8 fights with me. That's how many different divisions? That's 135, 140, 147, and 154," Ariza said in a RingTV.com interview.

Pacquiao's success has led to accusations of steroid and performance enhancing drug (PED) use, mostly coming from the camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC welterweight champion.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. has also implied that aside from Pacquiao, WBO and IBF junior welterweight champion Amir "King" Khan was also using steroids.

Both Khan and Pacquiao work with Ariza and five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.

"None of my guys is doing anything illegal, so to me, it's like, I don't care," Ariza said. "The accusations don't bother me at all - absolutely not."

"According to everybody else, it's impossible for my guys to be able to do what they're doing. But they go into every fight with a lot of confidence and they're in the best possible condition," he added.

Roach has also addressed the issue, saying in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio that his fighters achieve success through hard work.

"I get accused with my guys for being on enhancing drugs and so forth, but people just can't accept that my fighters work hard, and that's what it's all about, working hard," he said.

Although Ariza is not concerned about the allegations, Pacquiao has filed a defamation case against Mayweather, his father, and his uncle Roger Mayweather. Khan has also vehemently denied the accusations in various interviews.

The accusation of steroid use has been a major point of contention in negotiations for a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight, with the undefeated boxer insisting that Pacquiao should take Olympic-style random drug and urine testing before the fight.