If you visit the Philippines today you will quickly discover just how popular Manny Pacquiao is in his home country. His picture is everywhere. But it might surprise you who the second most popular person is in the island country. That would be "Coach Freddie" otherwise known as Hall of Fame trainer FreddieRoach.
For those of you who haven't heard the story by now, Manny Pacquiao was an exciting but raw fighter before Ronnie Nathanielsz, a veteran journalist and member of Pacquiao's inner circle brought him over the the US in search for a quality trainer to take the two time champion to a new level. When he worked out with Roach at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA everything clicked. Shortly after Pacquaio took a fight with Lehloholo Ledwaba as a late replacement. He knocked out Ledwaba, who was considered a rising star at the time, in his first US fight and instantly made a name for himself. Two years later he shocked the world with a brutal 11 round domination of Hall of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera and he's been an international superstar ever since.
Here are the five things Roach has done to make Pac-Man one of the all time greats. All of which will be on display in Dallas, TX a week from Saturday.