LAS VEGAS --
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims Roach made the statements "on or about Jan. 9" in a video interview posted on the Internet.
"As a result of this publication, [Ariza] has suffered and will continue to suffer monetary damages as well as irreversible injury to his reputation and image," attorney Jonathan S. Milder wrote in the five-page complaint.
Justin Fortune has reunited with Pacquiao as his conditioning coach after last working with the Filipino star in 2007.
Asked about the lawsuit Friday before Pacquiao weighed in for his Saturday welterweight title fight against
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and called Roach’s statements “negligent” and “reckless,” claiming the comments were undertaken with “fraud” and “malice.”