Manny Pacquiao Says Freddie Roach Fired Alex Ariza

The fragile professional partnership between Manny Pacquiao and Alex Ariza apparently has been broken.

Pacquiao stated during a “Live Nation” chat on Monday that trainer Freddie Roach has “fired” Ariza, with whom Roach has always had a contentious relationship. Rumors of Ariza’s departure from Pacquiao’s camp have long swirled, but Ariza always overcame Roach’s very public disapproval of the outspoken strength and conditioning coach being a part of Team Pacquiao.

Pacquiao was asked during the “Live Nation” chat by Ronnie from Seattle when he would start training camp and if he would work with Ariza for his Nov. 23 fight against Brandon Rios.

Pacquiao replied: “Three months prior to the fight. No, Freddie fired Alex.”

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Pacquiao: I Have To Win Big, I Have To Knock Rios Out!

Winning is not enough, says eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs). He wants to have a very impressive performance after suffering back to back defeats in 2012. On November 23rd in Macau, China – he will face once-beaten puncher Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs). Rios suffered his first career loss earlier this year, when Mike Alvarado was awarded a close twelve round decision in their rematch. To prove his skills are still there, Pacquiao says he needs to knock Rios out. Pacquiao wants to put last December’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez behind him.

“[Regarding the Marquez loss], you forget about it and move on. It only makes me more hungry. It makes me want to get back to being the best. But winning this fight won’t be enough – I have to win big. I want to put on a good show for everybody in China and around the world. To do that, I have to knock him out,” Pacquiao told China Daily.

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Pacquiao vs. Rios Winner To Receive Special WBO Belt

The World Boxing Organization will make a special belt for the winner of what promises to be an all-out action fight between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and exciting Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at the Cotai Arena in the sprawling Venetian Resort Hotel on November 24.

WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo announced that Pacquiao and Rios will fight for the WBO International welterweight title and “a special belt is being made for the winner” of what both Panoncillo and WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said will be one of “the most spectacular events in the world. It will be huge.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who joined the two fighters and their trainers on a promotional tour which kicked off in Beijing on Monday and will have a press conference today, said he expects the television coverage “to reach more people than the last Olympic Games in China (in 2008)” even as the fights being staged in Macau now emphasizes that the world is a very small place.”

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Rios says he’s going to retire Pacquiao; this will be his last fight

Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) isn’t content with just beating the aging and badly struggling Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’) in their fight on November 23rd, Rios wants to send the 34-year-old into permanent retirement.

He wants to finish Pacquiao off and put him out of his misery. Pacquiao has certainly struggled recently, losing his last fight by a 6th round knockout to the Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez last December, and getting beaten by Tim Bradley by a surprise upset last year in June.

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Rios: Pacquiao is Not a God, I’ll Show Him No Respect!

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios said today following a well-attended press conference at the Venetian Resort Hotel that while “being next to Manny Pacquiao is great, I’ve got to come in there and show no respect.”

Rios told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo and this reporter that “the moment you give a fighter a little doubt, a little respect he thinks you’re scared and he’s got you already. But if you show him no respect and that you’re ready to fight and not worried about him” its different.

Rios said “I’m a warrior and anything can happen (in the ring). Manny is not a God. He’s a human being just like me. I a a fighter and I come to fight and I’ll beat him.”

2012 “Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia paid tribute to Pacquiao indicating “its always great to be in front of the best fighter of the decade. Manny has done so much for boxing, so much for his country we got to admire him for what he’s done.”

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