Today a video was posted of boxing coach Freddie Roach in a confrontation with the training camp of Brandon Rios, whom Manny Pacquiao will be fighting on Nov. 23rd.
Recently The Hollywood MMA Show covered an incident involving former UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller, over a racist remark towards UFC fighter Uriah Hall. Kevin Casey, and Renato Laranja speak on the scuffle between the two MMA fighters, as did former TCU/UCLA running back Aundre Dean.
Dean believes that nobody should make use of the N-Word in any form. He states that there is no difference between the word used racially or in slang, but he believes it’s a “double standard” depending on who uses it. Dean also comments on the racism controversy between the NFL Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito, and Jonathan Martin.
In the case of Freddie Roach, I believe the Rios’ camp is in the wrong from the beginning. It’s not Manny Pacquiao or coach Freddie Roach’s fault that the Rios camp spent their time doing interviews instead of training. If your time’s up, then you’ve got to go. It began with Roach calling Robert Garcia a ‘piece of shit’, which lead to Alex Ariza mocking Roach’s Parkinson’s disease, and then kicking him. Only after this point is where Roach said anything about race. I think everybody is in the wrong here in the way things were handled. However, in this video [posted below] the Rios camp is trying to justify their actions based on the ‘Mexican motherfucker’ comment made by Roach, again which occurred after he had been kicked. I’ve never seen a group of men get so sensitive over words. That’s just my opinion, but who am I? I’m just another Mexican motherfucker!
I don’t believe the words Freddie Roach said were racist, but his intent may have come from a racial point of view. I can’t speak for him, so I couldn’t tell you why he chose those words.
All three of these situations were fueled by anger, but there seems to be a misunderstanding when it comes to racism. In a competitive environment racism presumably seems to be accepted more than it is socially, but whether it’s the NFL, boxing, or MMA; Racism should not be tolerated under any circumstance.
And the Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios fight has just heated up.
On Wednesday, November 20, a scuffle broke out at the boxing gym at the Venetian after Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia exchanged heated words, leading to some pushing and shoving. Other members of the camps got involved as well.
At a little past 11am, Roach walked in with Pacquiao’s conditioning coach Gavin — to find Rios’ camp still training. Rios had the gym reserved from 9-11am.
The fight started after Roach cussed at Garcia when he found Rios’ camp still training at the gym past their reserved schedule. Garcia’s camp responded with aggression — with Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s former conditioning coach who has since transferred to Rios’ side — ultimately kicking Roach just below his chest.
Roach’s staff then called security.
Video by Adrian Portugal/Rappler
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