As a huge fan of Freddie Roach and his approach to teaching boxing in Eddie Futch’s spirit, I have to say that lately I have been very disappointed in the coach of the year.
I see Freddie Roach as an amazing, one-of-a-kind specimen of a human being, creating an exciting and important mission in his life despite having to deal with very complicated and disabling health issues. Against all odds, he became one of the top trainers in boxing history by training dozens of champions, latest of course the worldwide sensation Manny Pacquiao.
I have had the opportunity to interview coach Roach numerous times and loved every minute of it. He always seemed humble and honest, and he stuck to his words.
Having said all that, ever since Pacquiao gained extraordinary fame, he has not done with Pacquiao what many boxing fans would like and expect.
Now, after almost losing their third fight to Juan Manuel Marquez, and instantly admitting that they owe team Marquez another fight during the post-fight press conference, Freddie is yet again picking an opponent that is meant to lose to Manny any way you look at it—Lamont Peterson.
No, I am not implying that Peterson is a bad boxer. All I am saying is that style-wise, this fight would be a canvas invitation for Peterson’s back.
Why is Freddie doing this? Does he truly feel that another Marquez fight is simply too risky to take, even for the mighty Pacquiao?
It’s safe to assume that as far as finances go, the Peterson fight would not bring in nearly as much as a Marquez fight would. The criticism would also add up, as there aren’t too many boxing fans out there interested in seeing and paying for that fight.
Would a win over Peterson add to Pacquiao’s legacy? One would be a fool to believe that.
Of course, everyone wanted to see Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao in the ring this coming May. As of now, it’s not too probable, but I think not yet impossible.
In any case, Freddie Roach seems to be holding on dearly to his “son” Manny, and is being very careful not to get him hurt in the sport of boxing.