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Freddie Roach talks Pacquiao vs. Mayweather with Jim Rome

Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says the Filipino boxing star isn’t saying it, but knows Manny well enough to know he’s not a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquaio faces the unbeaten welterweight champion on May 2nd in Las Vegas.

“I’ve never seen him dislike an opponent in my life, but you know what, he doesn’t like this guy,” Roach told The Jim Rome Show. “He won’t say anything bad about him, but he won’t say anything good about him either. I think this is a perfect opponent.”

Roach isn’t a Mayweather fan either, and says the sports highest paid boxer is an awful role model for kids.

“Everything has to be his way. He has a comfort zone, like we couldn’t say anything about the fight until he announced. He’s very very insecure,” said Roach. “He’s not that good a guy, I mean he’s not a good guy, he’s not a good person, he’s not a good role model. Like it or not, Jim, he’s a role model for kids because people look up to him. But the thing is, I think he’s a bad role model for the kids and so forth…that’s why I get a little pissed off at him for what he does on TV, it’s just crazy and you got these young kids looking up to him.”

Roach says Pacquaio has his killer instinct back and will finish Mayweather.

“We do have a good game-plan going down; I do think he will knock this guy out,” said Roach. “Again, he’s really motivated and I don’t think he likes this guy and this is the first time in my life I’ve really come across that.”

The veteran trainer also says if Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks his dad, Floyd Sr., being the cornerman instead of uncle Roger Mayweather will help him, Floyd better think again.

“The dad gets so nervous in between rounds, he has trouble getting the words out, he kind of stutters halfway through it, and he doesn’t really get the information across to the fighter,” said Roach. “I mean, I’m really happy he’s in the corner because the kid’s going to be fighting by himself. I’m sure he’s done this his whole life, because he grew up in the gym, I’ve known him since he was five years old. He was a good fighter at five, but the thing is, he’s always taught himself and he’s never really been taught the correct way to do things and I don’t think his father can deliver that.”

  • Freddie Roach
  • Mar 13th 2015

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