Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios’ trainers couldn’t contain themselves Wednesday morning at The Venetian Macao, site of Saturday night’s clash between the fighters.
According to what YouWager experts have learned, problems began when Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach approached Rios trainer Robert Garcia in a gym area beneath the Venetian Theatre that the two camps are sharing during fight week.
The 27 year-old Rios is scheduled to work out in the area between 9 and 11 a.m. each day, with Pacquiao’s workout slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to Garcia, the altercation took place as a result of Rios staying late to appear on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” during Pacquiao’s scheduled gym time.
“So we say, OK, we’re going to go 15, 20 minutes over time [at the gym],” Garcia stated 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.”
“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.”
Rios continued to work out in the background and was not involved in the fight. Pacquiao was not present, and Roach told Osuna that he told his fighter not to come to the gym for another half-hour.
“He’s going to be upset, but I’ll put on the mitts and he’ll hit me hard, and it’ll be OK,” Roach stated.