Alex Ariza is being threatened with a lawsuit from Angel Heredia. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Controversial conditioning coach Angel Hernandez, a.k.a. Angel "Memo" Heredia, has taken Alex Ariza to task and threatened a lawsuit against the Team Pacquiao member, which further amps up this whole mess. From Ryan Maquiñana and Alex G. Martinez:
"I would like to say through this medium and the public that logically, we are preparing a lawsuit for defamation against Mr. Alex Ariza," Hernandez said, his words translated from Spanish. "On his behalf, the declarations he has made are very direct. I think they’re very prejudicial not just with respect toward the image of Juan Manuel Marquez, but for mine as his physical trainer."
... "... Alex, I think the only person here who has doubts are you and Manny, because in the past people have solicited proof a thousand times to give blood and urine tests, and you have never wanted to do them.
"Well, here I believe that this is the opportunity to maybe for once to disprove the accusations against Pacquiao. And honestly, the accusations presented on their behalf are sort of sad, no, because no one here has said anything negative about Pacquiao."
Well, here we go. It was really only a matter of time before this got out of hand, and it looks like it's headed that way. There's only so much that Bob Arum and Top Rank can control with this, and though Bob tried to dismiss any skepticism of Hernandez/Heredia in a conference call yesterday, I think this just might be spiraling out of his control.
Five days ago, this was just a fight.