It might be stifling hot in the glorified broom closet where Manny Pacquiao wraps his hands and changes into training gear, but there's a chill elsewhere at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach is not pleased with Pacquiao conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
Roach, perturbed at Ariza for leaving Pacquiao during the early portion of their training camp in the Philippines, has mentioned the possibility of a future without Ariza on HBO's "24/7" reality series. Boxing regulars take note, as Roach has, that Ariza has appeared to overstep his role in the corner of Pacquiao and in perhaps seeking to publicize himself.
Ariza on Wednesday declined to comment about any friction, saying he'd been told by Pacquiao to keep quiet.
Clearly aiming to lower his profile in the HBO drama, Ariza has regularly been wearing a black T-shirt in the gym promoting rival network Showtime's "Fight Camp 360" show that previewed Pacquiao's May 2011 fight against Shane Mosley.
"I think this is not a problem," Pacquiao said Wednesday. "I told Alex to read the Bible, and he's reading the Bible everyday. If you read the Bible everyday, you understand ... love and patience."