Bob Arum: “It’s Going To Be Like Hagler-Hearns”
This is OK in an event in the United States. But we’re going to throw huge security around this, because this is not something that is appreciated by the Chinese. I think, that with all this undercurrent that’s going on, it’s going to be like Hagler-Hearns,” Arum recently stated in response to the scuffle between Freddie Roach and camp Rios.
The animosity between the camps has been there since the day the fight was signed. Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza working against each other is an ingredient that is bound to create heat. Not only that, but Brandon Rios himself has been on the defense/offense, showing his strong dislike of the fact that many boxing fans as well as media members have already written him off as nothing more but a sleep chosen for slaughter.
While extra security is never a bad thing, especially when fighting as a guest in someone else’s home, it is doubtful that any more fighting will occur. Manny Pacquiao as well as Robert Garcia are generally calm and do whatever it takes to avoid conflict.
I would imagine that Pacquiao already had a stern talk with Freddie Roach, just as Robert Garcia should have made sure by now that Ariza doesn’t go too far again. It is not only embarrassing, but can lead to serious issues during the fight itself. Both teams have to try their best and stay away from emotions, as they can easily ruin strategy as well as efficiency between the rounds.
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