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Manny Pacquiao Steroids Scandal: Freddie Roach Admits Pacman Had 'Special Drinks' During Training As Alex Ariza Blamed For Giving Pacquiao PEDs

BY Gunther Barbosa | Jul 07, 2014 03:08 PM EDT


The Manny Pacquiao steroid scandal has reached another level as Freddie Roach himself thinks that "Pacman" may have taken some PED's from Alex Ariza.

In an interview with Radio Raheem and transcribed by Boxing News 24, Freddie Roach said that "One of the reasons I don't work with him [Ariza] anymore is he's a little shady. He used to give Manny a drink before workouts, and I asked him what was in the drink and he would never tell me. I told him I need to know what was in the drinks because you're giving it to my fighter."

"And if something goes wrong, I'm going to get the blame. So in my opinion, he's a little shady. So he's in that champ [Brandon Rios] now and it doesn't surprise me that [Rios testing positive for a banned substance] happened."

Alex Ariza has been the conditioning coach for Pacquiao during his best years, and with this news, it opens up a lot of questions with regards to all the Manny Pacquiao victories in that era.

It should be noted that Freddie Roach has a feud with Ariza and these might be another chapter of their back-and-forth trash talking. Was he not aware that with these accusations, he is also placing his prized fighter Manny Pacquiao under suspicion? It even places himself under suspicion!

Boxing News 24 notes that:

"If Roach wasn't getting an answer from Ariza about what he was giving Pacquiao in those drinks, then Roach shouldn't have allowed him to give them to him. After all, it's his fighter and he was in charge of the situation. If you have someone that's not giving you answer about what's inside of a drink that's being given to one of your fighters, then you've got to let that person go. It's kind of surprising that Roach didn't pull the plug on Ariza as the strength trainer for Pacquiao if he had suspicions about the drinks that he was giving to him and not getting answers about the contents of those drinks."

It seems that the Manny Pacquiao steroid scandal won't end anytime soon and because of this Floyd Mayweather can use this to avoid having a fight with the Filipino boxer.

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