Video: Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios camps tussle four days before fight
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach was in the middle of an altercation with the entourage of Pacquiao’s opponent, Brandon Rios, on Wednesday, four days before their fight is scheduled to take place in Macau.
Here is the video of the incident. (Warning: It contains offensive language.)
Roach was angry with Rios trainer Robert Garcia because Roach believed Rios had gone past his scheduled time in the gym both fighters are sharing at The Venetian casino, which is the site of Saturday’s fight. Rios is scheduled to work out between 9 and 11 a.m., while Pacquiao has the area from 11-4 p.m, according to Kieran Mulvaney of ESPN.
Rios reportedly stayed late so he could make an appearance on ESPN.
“So we say, OK, we’re going to go 15, 20 minutes over time [at the gym],” Garcia told reporters afterward. “[Roach] could have waited. His fighter wasn’t even here. He could have been wrapping his hands. I don’t care. He just wanted to start a fight. He’s in trouble. He’s nervous.”
Roach was kicked in the upper body by Alex Ariza, a member of the Rios camp who used to work with Roach.
“Our time is at 11 each day,” Roach said. “I waited until five past 11 upstairs, and I came down, and Brandon was jumping rope. I waited until he had finished, and I went up to Robert Garcia and said, ‘Our time is at 11.’ Ariza started making fun of my Parkinson’s, and I said, ‘What’s your problem?’ And he kicked me and ran away.”
Neither Rios nor Pacquiao were involved in the scuffle. Rios can be seen at the end of the video laughing and making jokes.