Alex Ariza OK’s Manny Pacquiao’s Decision to Extend Philippine Training CampPosted on
After Freddie Roach quashed off all the rumors that he was disappointed with Manny Pacquiao’s decision to delay his arrival to Los Angeles, conditioning coach Alex Ariza voiced out the same sentiment.
Pacquiao’s long-time conditioning coach, who had a 17-day visit in the Philippines, said that he is confident that Pacquiao is training hard in General Santos City, which will make him more than ready for his scheduled fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 in Las Vegas.
“I am a firm believer in a shorter more intense camp than a long camp,” Ariza said in an interview with Ronnie Nathanielz of Boxing Scene. “I think it is a good thing that he can work at his own pace and develop as you go and then when you get closer to the fight you pick up the intensity for a shorter amount of time. He is supposed to train at one speed at a hundred percent but over a long period is a little bit too much.”
Ariza also said that he will immediately work with Pacquiao once he arrives in Los Angeles and he is hoping that the former welterweight champion will recognize that they need to change some things in his physical conditioning, knowing how prepared Marquez will be in their upcoming bout.
Ariza admitted that Marquez is ahead of Pacquiao when it comes to conditioning and that the Mexican’s coach learned a lot from their last bout and will not make the same mistake he did in Pacquiao vs Marquez 3.
The former top pound-for-pound boxer was supposed to leave for Los Angeles this week, but decided to schedule his flight on October 27 to attend to “important matters” that is believed to be related to his upcoming re-election bid as the representative of Saranggani Province in the Philippine House of Representatives.