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article imageOp-Ed: Roach's 'shady' comment on Ariza revives Pacman's drug issues

By Leo Reyes     Jan 10, 2014 in Sports
Freddie Roach's recent comment about the mystery drink given regularly to Manny Pacquiao by Strength and Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza during the four-year period that they had worked together, has triggered wide-ranging commentaries about drug issues.
One particular website is abuzz with commentaries about the mystery drink Roach was talking about during his interview with FyteHype's Ben Thompson.
During the interview, Roach admitted he does not get along well with Ariza when they were working together as coaches of Manny Pacquiao, saying that he thinks "he is a little shady."
"He used to give Manny a drink before we worked out and I asked him, 'What's on that drink' and he would never tell me and I said I need to know what's on that drink, because you kow, you are giving it to my fighter and if something goes wrong, I'm gonna get the blame." Roach said.
Roach statement drew widespread commentaries about the reported Pacquiao's use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) which was the major contentious issue during the early stages of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight negotiations.
Mayweather then insisted that Pacquiao undergo a series of random blood and urine tests all the way up to the day of the fight before he signs a fight contract with the Filipino star.
Now that Roach has opened up on his past observations about Ariza's suspicious ways of handling Pacquiao's conditioning, the camp of Mayweather could revive the old PEDS issue which was the subject of a libel lawsuit that Pacquiao filed in court against Mayweather and company.
It may be recalled that the senior Mayweather (Floyd's father) accused Pacquiao of taking PEDs and demanded that he undergoes rigid drug tests before a fight with his son can be made.
But Pacquiao denied Mayweatheer's charges, claiming that he passed all tests conducted by Nevada's sports regulator, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Still, Roach can be a subject of a follow-up investigation about Pacquiao's alleged use of PEDs that Mayweather's camp raised during the early stages of fight negotiations.
Roach may be asked by concerned government agencies to testify or give details on his reported prior knowledge or suspicion that Ariza may have indeed given Pacquiao illegal substances during his stint as strength and conditioning coach.
Here's a comment from one of Fytehype's viewers who reacted to the interview of Roach which disclosed his observations that Ariza may have given Pacquiao PEDs without his knowledge during his tour as Pacquiao's conditioning coach.
"Dang Roach, maybe you could have waited until after Pacquiao retired. It would be the most saddening of affairs if Ariza had Pac on something. I do not think Manny would do so knowingly, but if it happened, it would be the most disappointing in history. Even more than Lance Armstrong because he was more from most accounts the biggest of jerks. Keep him clean the rest of his career Roach.."---Jerry Colyer
Here's another fan comment on the Roach disclosure:
"how bout we take the position that Floyd ducked Manny because Manny was taking Ariza's juice wouldn't agree to random testing and Roach didn't know the ingredients of the drink only to bring it up now that Manny has agreed to random testing and Roach might be covering his ass in the process..." --Michael Reed
In less than 24 hours, there were about a hundred comments on the Roach disclosure on the Fytehype interview.
To view the varied comments by viewers, click HERE and go down to the comment section of the article.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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