By Zach Arnold | November 20, 2013
Lets of racial, ethnic and gay slurs, a kick, a punch in the brawl between Roach Garcia and Ariza. Working on massive update.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 20, 2013
Mocking Jews, Mexicans, and people with Parkinson’s. Not since the racialist crap between Rashad Evans & Rampage Jackson has my head hurt from such over-the-top testosterone-iffic BS.
And on top of it all, Manny Pacquiao’s manager Michael Koncz suffered a heart attack. Welcome to Macau.
Everyone in boxing should be ashamed of trying to promote this Pacquiao PPV by having scumbags make fun of Freddie Roach's Parkinson's.
— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) November 20, 2013
The long and short of the gym brawl on Wednesday: Brandon Rios had two hours of gym time before having to leave to give Manny Pacquiao six hours of gym time. Freddie Roach stirred the pot when it was time for Rios to leave and Robert Garcia exploded when the war of words began, prompting a debate over who kicked whom.
Naturally, all the big boxing writers were in Macau for the fight and Top Rank staff were taking pictures. Alex Ariza, quite the charmer, mocked Roach’s Parkinson’s disease. Then the battle lines were drawn over who called someone a
fucking Mexican, a fucking Jew, and a piece of shit.
Kevin Iole brings some clarity as to why Roach hates the Rios camp big time:
Seckbach is close with Rios’ camp and operated the video camera in 2010 when Rios and Garcia mocked Roach’s tremors from his Parkinson’s disease. There has been tension between them ever since.
Adding to the over-the-top nature of the proceedings was the Rios camp antagonizing the press from the Philippines, implicating that they are marks who give Pacquiao awards and instigators for what happened on Wednesday.
A writer asked one of the parties involved if they regretted what happened.
“Regret what? I regret that he can’t act like a professional and come over and have some dignity and class and just say, excuse me Robert, when you get done, can I have a couple of words with you for a second? How hard would have that been? Seriously, ask yourselves that. You guys are all grown adults. This isn’t a high school playground. This isn’t a basketball court. Unfortunately, this is a place that we all have to use and that we all have to share. Sometimes, with all the media, we have to be accommodating for times and some times run over. We didn’t complain when they wanted to take up the whole day from 11 to 5 o’clock. That’s six hours of training. They’re accommodating the interviews and things like that, the promotion of the fight.
So, this is how they plan to try to get last-minute buys to sell a PPV this weekend at $65 a buy. Good luck on that front.