It is not a secret that talent is always present in one’s genetics, but bringing it to light takes a special person, and more importantly the right kind of attitude and preparation.
Many times I have heard people talk about Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach, stating that Roach does very little for Manny at this point in time, and that pretty much any trainer out there would do well with a talented fighter like Pacquiao, as there is very little that needs to be improved.
Some believe that only in the beginning stages of his career a coach would actually polish a fighter like Pacquiao, but now, Pacquiao is confident and knowledgeable enough to be self-sufficient.
A lot of boxing fans feel similarly about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his uncle and trainer Roger. Floyd’s ring I.Q., if not the highest of all time, is undoubtedly in the top five in boxing history. His genetics seem to have been made for boxing, and since the early age, Floyd has been one of the most dominant and technically sound champions.
Every time we see Floyd preparing for his fight, he is either doing self-carrying exercises such as weights or bags, or is hitting some pads with Roger. Unlike Pacquiao, we have never seen Floyd go all out with Roger for the cameras.
Of course, we know very little of what happens behind the curtain, and have heard from Miguel Cotto that Mayweather Jr. actually hits harder than Pacquiao.
So what do these two trainers actually do for their already peaked fighters? Are they as necessary as we think? Would both Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao instantly suffer in their boxing careers if they had left their respective trainers?
I don’t know. This is just as much of a mystery for you as it is for me. The reason I use the word mystery, is simply because we have not seen either fighter in such a position yet, and probably never will.
They have both peaked, and are now more than likely past their prime, thus while a loss would shock the world, it would not necessarily be a fluke based on an in-fight mistake, but rather the fact that someone younger and hungrier has knocked on their door.
So what do Roger and Freddie do for their legendary champions?