Maidana manager Contursi: Maidana no longer working with Alex Ariza

Kevork Djansezian

Robert Garcia and Marcos Maidana will no longer be working with notorious strength & conditioning coach Alex Ariza, according to Maidana's manager.

One month after Marcos Maidana gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. his toughest fight since 2002, the Argentine's manager Sebastian Contursi has confirmed that he will no longer be working with strength & conditioning coach Alex Ariza.

Fighthype reports that Maidana and coach Robert Garcia had "some differences" with Ariza, though it's not yet clear what the cause of the strife was. Ariza will also no longer be working with WBA interim champion Jesus Cuellar, another Garcia product, and it seems that Garcia may be severing ties between Ariza and all of his fighters.

One reason for the split may be Ariza's reputation as a bit of a shady character when it comes to performance-enhancing substances. Freddie Roach once intimated that, while Ariza was working with Manny Pacquiao, he would often see the S&C coach handing Pacquiao mysterious drinks, the contents of which Roach did not know. After that, Ariza left Pacquiao's camp and began working with Brandon Rios, a Garcia fighter who popped for a banned substance after facing Pacquiao (Roach was smugly unsurprised).

In addition, Ariza generated some further bad press for the Garcia camp when, during a dispute before the aforementioned Pacquiao-Rios fight, he booted Roach, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, in the chest. Roach wasn't blameless in the exchange, but it's never a good idea to assault a very famous man with a disability.

Whatever the cause, it appears that Ariza will have nothing to do with Maidana's preparations should the talked-about rematch with Mayweather materialize.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker