Although there are still a couple of days to go before the big fight, the corner men of welterweight boxers Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios got the fireworks started early when they engaged in an altercation at the gym in the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
Freddie Roach, the trainer of Pacquiao, confronted his counterpart Robert Garcia at the gym Wednesday while the trainer of Rios was being interviewed by a Filipino reporter.
Elie Seckbach of ESNews was able to provide a video of the incident, which quickly escalated and resulted in Roach being pushed and mocked as Team Rios hurled homophobic slurs at him.
Radio Rahim was also able to interview not only Roach and Garcia, but also Alex Ariza, who later got involved in the scuffle.
Roach was first seen in the background while Garcia was being interviewed. The Hall-of-Fame trainer eventually approached Garcia to ask him to leave the gym.
“We have the gym at 11 o’clock,” Roach said, to which Garcia replies “I ain’t going nowhere.” Roach then repeatedly tried to get Garcia to leave, and Garcia can be heard saying: “I ain’t no piece of sh*t.”
Roach then dared the members of Team Rios to “throw me out,” as one person shouted at him to “Get the (expletive) out of here. This ain’t Wild Card (Roach’s gym in Los Angeles).”
At that point, Ariza, a former strength and condition trainer of Pacquiao who now works with Rios, entered the scuffle and Roach was seen being pushed back. Roach later revealed that Ariza kicked him in the chest.
Ariza can later be heard saying: “Mind you (expletive) business, you’re a (expletive) joke,” while also calling Roach a homophobic slur. He also repeatedly mocked Roach’s Parkinson’s disease, mimicking the trainer’s stutter while daring him to get inside the ring that was in the middle of the gym.
Rios, meanwhile, stayed out of sight throughout the entire incident and was later seen running on the treadmill. His only comment was to say, “Oh, kill him,” after Roach left the scene.
Pacquiao was not in the gym at the time of the assault on Roach.