Manny Pacquiao: Fighting again because he needs the money?Written by Joseph Herron
In a recent interview with ESNews, the Pacman's former strength & conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, did more than merely imply that the Philippines Senator is being exploited and mishandled by veteran fight promoter, Bob Arum.
"There are things we're not privy to, but you read these articles that some of these 'journalists' write, and they say, 'Manny made $150 million off of the Mayweather fight'."
"I know he didn't make $150 million," insists the often outspoken S&C fitness trainer.
"I saw Manny's check. He didn't make $150 million…I know he didn't make that much. When I say I saw the check, I literally saw Manny's check. He made maybe a tenth of that."
"So it makes you question, why is Manny coming back?"
While the great majority of die-hard fans and boxing writers have noticed a negative trend in Pacquiao's level of overall popularity, and consequently attribute his limited success to a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May of 2015, Ariza believes the downward slope goes much deeper than that.
"You have to blame the promoter and his so-called management,' claims the renowned fitness guru. "How do you take a fighter who was probably the biggest cross-over star in the sport, and now all of a sudden you hear Bob saying, 'we did terrible with Pacquiao/Bradley…we lost money.'…which is never the truth."
"It means he raped Manny for even more money."
The former Pacquiao Team member suspects the Top Rank CEO is predominantly suggesting a match-up with current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas to help his promotional organization cultivate their next big star.
"But now he's back at it," states Ariza while attempting to mimic the Hall of Fame promoter's hoarse voice. "It's the fight the world wants to see…Manny versus Jessie Vargas! Don't get me wrong, I don't care…I'm just the promoter. But it's the fight the world wants to see!"
"C'mon…really? Who buys that s**t anymore?"
In May of 2014, the eight division world champion signed a two-year contract extension with Bob Arum and Top Rank, Inc., which leaves him legally obligated to work with the Hall of Fame promoter until December 31st, 2016.
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