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PEDs? Floyd Mayweather and Alex Ariza "Suspicious"

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Anti-doping advocate and nutritionist Victor Conte is apparently skeptical of Floyd Mayweather's new strength & conditioning coach, Alex Ariza.

The controversial Ariza worked in the same capacity with Manny Pacquiao for several years and, more recently, helped train Mayweather former foe, Marcos Maidana.

When Ariza signed a two year contract as Floyd’s strength & conditioning coach two weeks ago, some became curious about this new pairing.

Ariza, of course, was highly criticized for his bitter confrontation with Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, last year. He was also the center of controversy following Marcos Maidana's win over Adrien Broner in December when some insisted footage showed Ariza slipping a pill into the mouth of Maidana after Round 11.

Alex maintained his innocence and there was no known evidence of any wrongdoing.

Nevertheless, is Mayweather's decision to hire Ariza a bit odd? After all, he used to work for Teams Pacquiao and Maidana, and was eventually let go by both camps.

Victor Conte, via Twitter, called the Mayweather-Ariza alliance "Suspicious."

Also controversial, the high-profile Conte, one of the foremost experts in sports nutrition and Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute steroids in 2005. Since 2009, however, he has been one of the strongest advocates for ridding pro sports of PEDs, such as steroids and Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

Never at a loss for words, Conte, earlier this year, raised eyebrows by suggesting boxing legend and top 10 pound-for-pound fighter Juan Manuel Marquez was not competing naturally.


Victor Conte @VictorConte May 17
JMM is 40 yrs old w/ muscles popping out, acne all over his chest, @Guruscience Memo as his trainer & @BobArum & boxing do get it.

Victor Conte ‏@VictorConte 20h
Can't help but wonder if @bobarum believes Marquez is a clean fighter? IMO Memo @guruscience needs investigation. If it walks & quacks...


But some will insist it's no time for Conte to be making vague comments about Mayweather and Ariza. Several days ago, it was announced UFC middleweight Cung Le, 42, a client of Conte's, failed his drug test last month. 

Le, who tested positive for HGH, maintains his innocence and Conte insists the young man will be vindicated.


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