With about a week and some change left before we finally see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao step between the ropes against one another, Floyd Sr. has made an appearance on On The Ropes Boxing Radio to discuss what he sees in this training camp. In particular, he offered some not-so-kind words for recent TMT newcomer, Alex Ariza. When asked whether Ariza has strengthened Jr. for his upcoming bout, Sr. replied:
"Strengthening him? That son of a bitch ain't strengthening nobody. He ain't nobody. He's in there, I can't say exactly what he's doing but he ain't strength training little Floyd. What Floyd's doing everybody's helping, it's not just one person."
"He don't know shit anyways, he don't know anything about no damn boxing, I do know that. I know he doesn't know anything about boxing and he don't know what to tell anyone anyways. If he does know anything, it's some dirty shit and it's something that nobody wants to use or hear about. Nobody is into that kind of mess."
Not exactly a vote of confidence from the lead trainer, and you can probably guess what he's referring to when he brings up "dirty sh*t." If you recall, Floyd Sr. has always been a bit opposed to needing a strength and conditioning coach in training camps, often referring to how well they've always prepared for fights without one. The decision to bring in Ariza was Jr.'s however, and though Sr. has to accept it, he clearly doesn't have to like it. But despite whatever differences in opinions they have on Ariza, Floyd Sr. does seem to like what he's seeing from Jr. in sparring.
"My son, somewhere in there everyday he ends up getting the best of everything. Today he whooped some other guy, like he does every day. It's just what it is. A lot of them take whoopings, sometimes they stop it. Floyd does different things, sometimes he goes to the body and stops the guys and sometimes he throws to the head. Sometimes the guy will stop it. He's just ready, that's all I'm trying to say."
Just hang in there everyone, the days are counting down...