Roach: You’re going to see the best Pacquiao yet against Bradley
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach was in fine form today in his conference call to help attract interest in his fighter Manny Pacquiao’s bout against Tim Bradley on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach said “I think you’re going to see the best Manny Pacquiao yet…We’ve watched some tape of him and I see a lot of holes in his defense and Manny’s going to take advantage of them.”
Roach was quick with the excuses for Pacquiao’s fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, saying “Personal problems with Manny showed in the fight and I don’t think that will happen again. He’s 100 percent focused for this one.”
Focused, eh? Man, I hate when trainers and fighters gives excuses after a poor performance. Instead of giving Marquez the credit for knowing how to beat Pacquiao, we get the excuses from Roach about Manny having personal problems. Why couldn’t Roach just take the high road and give Marquez the credit he’s do for putting in a good performance?
Gee, I sure hope so because Roach was saying how Pacquiao was having one of his best ever camps before his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last November, and we saw how good Pacquiao performed in that fight. He looked awful and got a decision that a lot of boxing fans disagreed with. Roach was there tripping before the fight almost tripping over himself in complimenting how good Pacquiao was looking, but then he comes out flat, like a fighter that is starting to lose his skills because of age.
I don’t know that I can really trust anything Roach has to say about Pacquiao, because it’s kind of meaningless when he doesn’t look as good as Roach says he is. Roach has been predicting fight after fight that Pacquiao would knock this or that fighter out, and then goes out and can’t knock the guy out. We then hear excuses about Pacquiao having suffered leg cramps. This is now happening fight after fight, and it’s getting old hearing the same excuses. I think Roach would come out ahead if he didn’t say anything or if he undersold Pacquiao, because then there wouldn’t be these giant expectations followed by huge letdowns.
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