Floyd Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao's Trainer Too Bold with Recent Comments

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Trainer Freddie Roach talks with Manny Pacquiao at a press conference announcing Pacquiao's upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight against Timothy Bradley at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After coming off a great victory and beginning his preparation for jail, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continues to take verbal jabs from Manny Pacquiao's team, which certainly isn't helping the chances of these two boxers fighting someday. 

According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, wasn't impressed with Mayweather's victory over Miguel Cotto and he still believes Pac-Man would beat Pretty Boy Floyd. 

Would Manny beat Floyd? You bet. The way to beat Floyd to outwork him every minute of every round. Manny is the only one capable of executing that game plan. Activity kills Mayweather. You need to stay busy against him and not let him dictate the pace by slowing down the fight. Southpaws are his other weakness. Manny is just a bad combination for Floyd to fight. If it would bring Floyd into the ring, I'd agree to have Manny fight him right handed.

Having confidence is certainly needed in the boxing world (and life for that matter), but Roach is way out of bounds here. 

There's nothing wrong with thinking Pacquiao could win. Clearly, Roach wouldn't think otherwise since he trains Pac-Man, but Roach is entirely too cocky with these comments. 

Pacquiao isn't a bad combination for Mayweather, but rather an excellent opponent who would challenge him to the brink—something the undefeated boxer hasn't experienced a great deal. 

What's more, the comment about Pacquiao fighting right-handed wasn't needed. There's no way Pacquiao could take down Money Mayweather without fighting his proper style. 

This statement from Roach was the start of a couple of recent shots at Mayweather, as earlier today, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, compared Mayweather to a Nazi propagandist.

Each time both parties continue to attack the other, it decreases the possibility boxing fans will ever see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. 

With both fighters getting up their in age, retirement isn't too far away. The more shots they take at each other, the more irritated they'll be and the less likely it is that they come to an agreement. 

Roach has every right to believe in Pacquiao, but he's incredibly bold with his choice of words, which hinders the chance his guy gets a shot at proving he's the best in the world. 

If Mayweather and Pacquiao never fight, it will hurt both of their legacies, so perhaps the two parties should stop bickering and get to work. 


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