Alex Ariza says Manny Pacquiao will be better than his last two fights, but is that a promise he can keep? (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza says that "the old" Manny Pacquiao will be back in action on June 9, rather than an old Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on that date.
In Pacquiao's two wins last year, he complained of leg cramps, which supposedly hampered him against Shane Mosley, and didn't allow Manny to look as good as he previously had, and then later against Juan Manuel Marquez, the issue came up again, and Ariza said he didn't want to blame that, but blame this, etc., and so on.
Of course, Ariza's also the guy who said that "even God" couldn't help Marquez in that November fight, and I don't know if God was involved or not, but, well, Marquez didn't look like he needed a lot of help.
From the Manila Standard:
"We talked about the training and what we are going to do and any changes we are going to try to make," said Ariza. "Pacquiao was receptive after the Marquez fight and again before this fight. He said he wants to start training camp a little earlier and he wants to focus on building his body and getting his power and speed again."
Pacquiao did already say at the LA press conference that they're going to do a ten-week training camp this time, but I think this is all just a reality, and not something that a ten-week camp is going to fix: Manny Pacquiao is 33 years old, has been a professional fighter for 17 years, and has been through a lot of hard fights in his career. He has fought 353 pro rounds. His body, at some point, is going to give out on him. In the meantime, his body will slowly keep the process of giving out on him. 33 isn't old, but he's had a long, tough career.
Ariza talks a lot. Some would say too much. I don't think this is a promise he can keep, but I also don't think it's his fault or Manny's fault or anyone's fault. It's just the way it is.