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Freddie Roach responds to Alex Ariza: ‘I really don’t want to give him any press’

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Chris Robinson gets Freddie Roach’s thoughts on the recent comments made by strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza that suggest the Five-Time Trainer of the Year is past his best. Hear what Freddie had to say in this exclusive interview

Freddie Roach responds to Alex Ariza’s Twitter jab: ‘I don’t want to give him any press’

Freddie Roach training Miguel Cotto in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Early last month, it was reported that Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach had elected to remove Alex Ariza from the camp of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao ahead of his Nov. 23 duel with Brandon Rios.

Ariza, the outspoken strength and conditioning coach, had been with Pacquiao dating back to the spring of 2008 following his split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez and played a huge role in his rise in weight while collecting additional titles at the lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions.

Roach claimed that Ariza had become a distraction in camp because he was trying to do everyone else’s job and added that “Nobody really gets along with this guy” when we spoke at the Pacquiao-Rios presser in Los Angeles a few days after news broke of the rift.

Never one to bite his tongue, Ariza took to Twitter on Monday and issued the following.

Exclusive photos: Miguel Cotto putting in work for HBO date with Delvin Rodriguez inside of Freddie Roach’s new gym

HustleBoss.com takes an all-access look inside of Freddie Roach’s newest renovation, a gym that sits directly underneath his famed Wild Card Boxing Club, in Los Angles, Calif. On this day, Roach could be seen working with Puerto Rican star and former three-division champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) as he prepares for his Oct. 5 date on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez.

All photos courtesy of Chris Robinson (www.HustleBoss.com)

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Freddie Roach says that Miguel Cotto reminds him of Manny Pacquiao because of his work ethic

Chris Robinson catches up with Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach in Los Angeles, as he speaks on what it has been like training Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto ahead of his Oct. 5 date on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez

Freddie Roach remembers his ride with Pacquiao, pays respect to Eddie Futch at the NVBHOF

More all-access coverage from the inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in Las Vega as trainer Freddie Roach recalls his memorable ride in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao and gives respect to his late trainer Eddie Futch

Freddie Roach on Pacquiao’s demeanor, letting go of Alex Ariza, and his early days training Miguel Cotto

Trainer Freddie Roach speaking in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)


By Chris Robinson

Over the past few weeks, trainer Freddie Roach was able to reconnect with his star fighter Manny Pacquiao during a seven-city international press tour ahead of the Filipino icon’s forthcoming clash with Brandon Rios.

Roach was ringside inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past December when Pacquiao was knocked out in brutal fashion from a picturesque right hand delivered by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their welterweight encounter.

So chilling was Pacquiao’s knockout loss, that everyone seems to be wondering how the 34-year old will recover.

We will find out when Pacquiao faces Rios in Macau, China on Nov. 23 and Roach insists he still sees the Manny of old when around his fighter and friend.

“Well, he’s still playing basketball,” Roach would quip when asked of Pacquiao’s recent demeanor. “He’s still pretty good at that. He’s a great guy, as always. I see no changes in Manny at all.”

Freddie Roach on his early days with Miguel Cotto and why Pacquiao’s camp is better without Ariza

Chris Robinson catches up with Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach in Beverly Hills, Calif. at the final Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios press conference before their Nov. 23 fight. Hear what Freddie had to say about reconnecting with Pacquiao, his thoughts on why the camp is better with Alex Ariza and what it’s been like working with Miguel Cotto

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“He was as good a student as Manny Pacquiao” – Freddie Roach still believes that he’s the best fit for Chavez Jr.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. facing off with Sergio Martinez this past September in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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There’s no denying that the tandem of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Freddie Roach had great success during their two and a half year run together.

Having welcomed Chavez into his Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles in late April of 2010, Roach understood that the young fighter had been rumored to be lethargic and uncooperative in camp. Still, Roach was able to sharpen his skills as Chavez continued his unbeaten streak while claiming the WBC middleweight crown as well.

Chavez was hit with a huge blow to his ego and career this past September when he was thoroughly outclassed over eleven and half rounds by Argentina’s Sergio Martinez before a knockdown and rally in the twelfth round came up short. The young prizefighter from Sinaloa, Mexico suffered his first professional defeat, losing a lopsided decision.

Word later leaked that Chavez was set to fire Roach, with either Nacho Beristain or Robert Garcia likely to fill his void.

Roach is unsure of where everything stands and still seems to hold on to extreme disappointment as to how the training camp for Martinez unraveled

Freddie Roach speaks on his recent time training Victor Ortiz and reflects on his trying 2012 campaign

Freddie Roach with Frankie Gomez before his bout with Lanard Lane in Las Vegas (Photo credit – Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, I spent some time backstage with Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach prior to his fighter Frankie Gomez’s bout with Lanard Lane.

Still a few hours away from Gomez’s match, Roach and I briefly discussed another pugilist he was recently seen working with in former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.

Having suffered an upset loss to Josesito Lopez in June, Ortiz would part ways with his then-trainer Danny Garcia shortly after the setback. Temporarily sidelined because of a second surgery for a broken jaw he suffered in his bout with Lopez, Ortiz is still finding time to stay in shape and was spotted working with Roach inside of his Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles late last month.

Behind the scenes with Frankie Gomez and Freddie Roach during Lanard Lane victory [Feb. 2013]

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with undefeated junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (15-0, 10 KO’s), Freddie Roach, and Marvin Somodio prior to Gomez’s bout with Lanard Lane on Saturday, Feb. 2 inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada..

Freddie Roach speaks on his time training Victor Ortiz and reflects back on his tough 2012 campaign

Chris Robinson catches up with Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, as he speaks on his recent time training Victor Ortiz as well as reflecting on his tough 2012 campaign that saw him suffer losses to Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Miguel Diaz on why Pacquiao and Freddie Roach will bounce back, the Donaire-Mares drama, and more

Chris Robinson catches up with respected trainer and cut man Miguel Diaz inside of the Long Life Fit gym in Las Vegas,Nevada in late January, 2013. Diaz discusses the recent training camp of former two-time champion Jorge Linares, reveals what it was like speaking with Manny Pacquiao following his devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December, and gives his take on the process of trying to make Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares a reality.

Jorge Linares has no hard feelings towards Freddie Roach following their split

Chris Robinson catches up with Miguel Diaz and Jorge Linares inside of Long Life Fit Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Linares discusses his time at the Wild Card with Freddie Roach and insists he has no hard feelings following their split…

Freddie Roach has no idea what’s going on with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent

Chris Robinson catches up with Five-Time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, who reveals that he really has no clue what is going on with the personal beef between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent.

Freddie Roach wants to see Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux

A flashback highlight from the Amir Khan-Danny Garcia fight week in Las Vegas, Nevada a few weeks back as trainer Freddie Roach breaks down a potential bout between IBF/WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire and WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Freddie Roach on Pacquiao-Marquez IV, Manny’s training techniques, figuring out Juan’s style, more

Chris Robinson and other media members speak with trainer Freddie Roach during a round table-style discussion at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach speaks on the possibility that his fighter Manny Pacquiao could be facing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.

Freddie Roach speaks on Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia, PEDs in boxing, Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez

Chris Robinson catches up with trainer Freddie Roach at the Mandalay Bay on July 10th, 2012. Roach discusses his fighter Amir Khan’s bout with Danny Garcia this Saturday, and takes a look at his other charge, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who faces Sergio Martinez on September 15th..


After cutting ties with Freddie Roach, Jorge Linares now training in Las Vegas with Yuriorkis Gamboa’s former trainer


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, there was no shortage of boxing luminaries inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for Lucas Matthysse’s crushing first-round knockout over Mike Dallas Jr.

Such notables in the building included former champions Zab Judah and Shane Mosley, junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, former WBO female super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton, junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo, rising lightweight Sharif Bogere, and former two-division titlist Jorge Linares.

Striking a conversation with Linares, I quickly discovered that much has changed for the Venezuelan-born prizefighter.