Haymon Signals Fear Amid Emerging Scandal

HaymonBoxing Scene is reporting that Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s long time trainer is claiming that Al Haymon’s staff are calling up potential Pacquiao sparring partners and offering them more money to sit on their hands than Team Pacquiao is offering to pay them for their sparring services. With this piece of information amid a range of other compromising developments Haymon not only signals a deep seated fear of a Pacquiao win but the early presentiments of a just-now emerging scandal with multiple fronts.

While Haymon and Mayweather’s fear of Pacquiao is by now well chronicled, including Haymon’s penchant for steering his fighters clear of difficult fights, what makes this latest news rather unique is that, even in the rough and tumble world of boxing, known for its cut-throat business enterprise, it is highly unusual for a management team to tamper with an opponent’s training camp in the manner reported by Roach. This is not just poor form but indicative of Haymon’s deep seated fear that if the natural course of events were left to evolve as they normally might, the results would prove catastrophic. As much as anything else, this latest bit of tampering by Haymon and his staff, if true, is not just suggestive, but demonstrative of not just poor sportsmanship but a failure to truly believe in Mayweather’s chances of beating Pacquiao.

Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, is currently securing a battery of boxers that can, at least as far as is humanly possible, emulate and mimic Floyd Mayweather’s fighting style. In this manner, as is the custom and tradition of all good training camps, his fighter can most efficiently prepare for his next opponent. In the general course of events advisers, promoters and trainers who actually believe in their fighter’s ability come fight time do not meddle with an opponent’s training camp unless of course, they are extremely concerned with and doubtful of the outcome. Haymon apparently cannot help himself as news of his team’s attempts to compromise the Pacquiao training camp are seen as not only petty but indicative of a business style informed by both bullying and power-monging.

As Haymon signals his own personal fear of a Mayweather loss amid reports of tampering with potential sparring partners a more insidious rumor and potentially emerging scandal has taken on a life of its own. There is a rumor now floating amongst those close to the principals, including potential sparring partners, that elements within the Haymon/Mayweather camp have discussed the possibility of compromising a Pacquiao sparring partner and using him as a deep throat source of information about Roach’s so-called secret strategy for the Mayweather fight.

Roach recently announced that he would be hiring extra security to control and secure the training camp so that he and his staff could implement a new fight strategy without fear of exposure. Roach has made no secret of the fact that his blueprint for Pac leading into the Money May fight has evolved over time and that he has adjusted his game-plan to meet the new realities presented by a changing and devolving Mayweather. Properly effecting this plan will rely on having willing and able sparring partners who will sign non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the particulars. Willing but off-the-record sources indicate that Haymon/Team Mayweather desperately want that information and may be actively pursuing a means to acquire it.

This added wrinkle should make life interesting for Roach and his staff. While curious it is not surprising that, despite the bravado coming out of Haymon/Team Mayweather, they are actually demonstrating that they feel the need for inside information to pull the fight out. Hiring the disgruntled Alex Ariza is clearly part of this strategy. While Ariza is a decent enough trainer he is nothing special. His gift is that he, according to Team Mayweather insiders, has specific information about Pac’s relative strengths and weaknesses that the Mayweather training staff hope to exploit. Ariza has been working with Team Mayweather for many weeks now prepping them on particulars.

To be fair, what Haymon’s minions are doing may not have Haymon’s personal blessing but it is now clear that Haymon-office conducted attempts at tampering with Pacquiao’s training camp are in full swing. While some may suggest that this operation, if you will, represents good gamesmanship, to the traditionalist it demonstrates the dreaded two-headed monster, namely, poor sportsmanship and low self-regard/fear.

As Haymon signals Team Mayweather fear amid new allegations of behind-the-scenes tampering and attempts to compromise Pacquiao’s training camp, what the public is seeing is perhaps the tip of an emerging scandal that is born out of a Team Mayweather crisis of faith. What plays out on May 2, regardless of what Pacquiao training camp secrets spill out along the way, will prove the that Haymon/Team Mayweather fear was justified all along.

Commentary By Matthew R. Fellows

Boxing Scene

Boxing Scene

Fight Saga

Photo By: John Flickr License

22 Responses to "Haymon Signals Fear Amid Emerging Scandal"

  1. shoulder roll   March 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    go hire james toney as an adviser on pacquiao camp.

  2. brutus   March 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Haymon can tamper PEDs testing also in case Manny wins. They choose USADA to supervise drugs testing who’s allegedly under Floyds payroll

  3. linkman28   March 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    If Haymon can tamper sparring partners, he can also tamper the judges.

  4. Hernan   March 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    It is hard to win when you come into the ring with a “fear of losing” mindset.

  5. BD Jr   March 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Nobody has any proof of these allegations so it may just be rumors. However, it’s very much possible that the Mayweather camp is trying to disrupt or obtain intel from the Pacquiao camp. I think Roach needs to hire counter-intelligence experts to prevent his strategy or preparations from leaking the Wild Card gym. Simply telling everyone in camp to practice Op Sec isn’t enough. Possibly switching training camp to Big Bear, CA might help since they’ll be secluded and isolated from the public. This just shows how desperate and low these Mayweather guys are willing to go. Something tells me that if the fight goes to the score cards, Mayweather is pretty much guaranteed a win even if he gets thoroughly beat up. It will be Pacquiao vs Bradley I all over again.

  6. come on   March 6, 2015 at 8:23 am

    come on now need to be racist.

  7. Maria   March 6, 2015 at 8:18 am

    So that was why Alex ariza was hired. Even Floyd Sr. Was surprise why Floyd would hire him since Floyd doent need him. For years he didn’t need one and all of a sudden he hired him. I didn’t think about it now but, it would make sense. Since ariza was fired by roach. Floyd might be thinking that the situation is perfect since ariza will have a reason to have a gruge against roach for firing him. And so ariza would be more than willing to divulge any information about pacquiao. Also who knows if mayweather or even Haymon instructed ariza to say that arum is the reason fight isn’t happening so they can prevent the fight and not get blamed. But I do think if that’s the case they got into the situation where almost all boxing population and the public pressured them and even pacquiao start to throw jabs in the media. So they have no choice. Anyway this is what I think . ☺

  8. Gerand Cacy Librada Magno   March 6, 2015 at 6:50 am

    P4P fighter disrespecting his own sport.. the more the world wants that zero loss monkey beaten.. and yes, pac will prove to the world why he’s scared of him.. welcome to the pac jungle floyd!.. the realization of your nightmare will be on may 2.. mark that very date that you set..

  9. pikkon   March 6, 2015 at 4:23 am

    what else is new with these kind of people…they wont do nothing good in a society of civil and decent people..

  10. Hugh Endon   March 6, 2015 at 1:47 am

    What are the governing bodies doing to investigate and then take action if the allegations are true? As always, I expect they will just sit on their hands.

  11. Cedric Maverick   March 6, 2015 at 12:47 am

    The legacy of Mayweather will be tainted if this news are true. What a shame!!! Pacman should knock out Floyd and no to rematch.

  12. Julius   March 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Mayweather is the face of Haymon stable..if Floyd loose ..so as Haymon..I hope Mayweather will lost by knock out and humbled

    • Julius   March 5, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      He’ll be lost by knock out…go Manny!!!

  13. cris   March 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Hmmm.. Scared to lose.. Thats what it is, They will do whatever it takes to win. If they can do this to potential Pacman’s sparring partners then highly possible also, that the ref and the judges will be their next target to manipulate and do the dirty work for them.

  14. Vincent   March 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    A lot of dirty people involve here like politicians,billioners and millioners,gamblers these are all in Mayweather’s side “The A-SIDE”…

  15. Jake   March 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Mayweather is cheating! Shame,shame. He is no Champion.

  16. bob   March 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    What if team pacman just hire someone to shots a gun on al haymons head.

  17. Patriot   March 5, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Sad and bad things happen when evil people have money.

  18. Loser   March 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Even playing field my a$$

  19. boy rodrigo   March 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    monney is 47-0 nd he said pacquiao wll be is 48-0.but what is this?observe the signature of pacquiao,, there are 3 eigth nd 1 small eigth in bigger eigth.is it the end of floyds career?

  20. boy rodrigo   March 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm


  21. Mateng   March 5, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    It’s sad to hear that al haymon is willing to spend extra just to gain a small advantage which I think is more of cheating, the question is, how far are they willing to go or willing to spend to secure Floyd’s victory? If they are willing to bribe the spar mates then they are much willing to bribe the judges whoever they may be.


Your Thoughts?