That has lead to a lot of buzz in the fight community and related media outlets, which is something Ariza (whose never seen a camera he wouldn't die for) absolutely loves.
His abrupt dismissal lead to a lot of finger pointing, with Freddie Roach being the man he blamed for lullabying his fine tuning of Pacquiao. Roach, who immediately put his hand high up in the air as if to exclaim, "Yep- I fired your ass", now has a new strength and conditioning coach on board. One brought on by Pacquiao himself, in one Justine Fortune.
Some of you know Fortune, in particular because he actually worked with Pacquiao from 2003-2007. Pacquiao essentially replaced him with Ariza in June 2008 after Marquez II, and went on to make a legendary run into the history books.
I'd suggested a shake up of sorts was probably due for this camp of Pacquiao's, as its perhaps the most critical of his storied career. But I personally didn't really see Ariza as the problem.
But the news of this most recent addition from subtraction was just too much for Ariza to avoid multiplying into more news. As soon as he learned what went down, Ariza sprinted toward his computer and logged on to Twitter, where he had this to say:
Alex Ariza@ArizaFitness30 Sep
@EBOXINGNEWS:What do you think of Justin Fortune being hired as Pacquiao's Strength & Conditioning trainer?
Shows no confidence Freddie, sad
Welp, let's just say that Fortune had a few things to say in response.
"Alex Ariza? The guy’s a f**kin’ tool. Give me a break," Fortune snapped. "What the f**k does Alex Ariza know about f**king boxing? We know a lot of sh*t, a lot of dirt on Alex Ariza, no sh*t. The worst part about Alex Ariza is that he didn’t know when to keep his f**king mouth shut."
He wasn't done.
"You know what I mean? So I’m watching fights there with Freddie in the corner and Roach is the trainer. When the trainer talks everyone else shuts the f**k up," Fortune continued. "This son of a bitch couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He’s talking to one of Freddie’s fighters in a f**king world title fight. He’s butting in and interrupting him. It’s like, ‘Dude, you’re not the trainer. You’re just the f**king – I don’t know what you are."
What's really crazy about all of this is that it was Roach who 86'd Fortune in late 2007 with bad blood permeating the air. It was right around then that Manny started having severe cramping problems and a certain staleness in his performances. Much of it was attributed to his training and a lack of variation.
Fortune insists that he's back in the fold with a firm understanding of his role. And that is to play the role of a modern strength trainer who guides Pacquiao to an impressive win over Rios- and Ariza.
And by the way, he still wasn't done.
"Well, I know what you are. I know why you’re there. You’re a strength and conditioning guy, and you’re with Manny and you’re using my sh*t that I was using f**king five years ago," Fortune griped. "Things have progressed and exercises have changed and reasons and a whole bunch of stuff. You need to quit using the same crap that I was using long ago. It’s out dated."
I can't wait for November 23rd.