Ariza: I’d be surprised if Pacquiao doesn’t try for round one KO, Marquez fight is ‘personal’

12 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Renowned conditioner Alex Ariza, a vital component in the machinery that trains Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao, has echoed past statements made by head cornerman Freddie Roach by indicating that he will be surprised if the current WBO welterweight world titlist does not try to obtain what would be a stunning first round knockout of long-time rival Juan Manuel Marquez. “It’s personal,” said the strength coach.

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Currently in the first week of the Los Angeles leg of training camp, Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38ko) is gearing toward his Saturday, November 12 fight with Marquez – his third against the proud Aztec warrior.

Halfway through camp, Pacquiao, Ariza and Freddie Roach had been coaching Manny in the eight division world champion’s native Philippines, at the Shape Up gym in Baguio City.

A long time advocate of the Baguio side of camp, Ariza commented to Fight Hype: “I always think Baguio is great for laying the foundation and the groundwork for the work that’s to come once we get to LA because I think this place (LA) is more hectic.

“There’s more distractions, logistically it’s a nightmare and it’s not as convenient as it is over there. It sets the tone, tempo, everything,” he said.

Such was Pacquiao’s desire to get in peak shape, he instructed Ariza to join him in the Philippines a week ahead of schedule: “I was supposed to go out the same time as everybody else but he brought me out a week earlier and he says ‘You know this one is personal’. He doesn’t like him. They don’t like each other.”

When pushed for his predictions come fight night Ariza – like Roach implied here – indicated a first round knockout over Marquez, a fighter who has never been stopped in 59 professional fights, is not out of the question as: “He’s going to make a statement.

“I’d be surprised if Manny didn’t try to knock him out in the first round. I’ve seen Manny for four years now with different spar partners and how his approach is. I just know how Manny is. If he wants to take you out, he’s gonna take you out. I haven’t heard it from Manny’s mouth but I think he’s going to go in there and try to knock him out right away,” concluded Ariza.

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