Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and the Plan to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and the Plan to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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This is no easy task, but give it a shot.

Picture Manny Pacquiao in the year 2007. I know it's hard to do. He's become such a superstar that it's hard to picture him before his rise to fame or remember why he rose to such an epic level, but this is the year before the meteoric ascension truly began.

Here's a glimpse at Pacquiao's career and frame of mind at the end of 2007:

He's just defended his super featherweight (130 lbs) championship against Mexican boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera. He plans on fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch of their 2004 featherweight (126 lbs) classic battle. The big news of that year is that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is retiring after his final match against Ricky Hatton.

No matter how humble Pacquiao may be, he believes himself to be the best and brightest star in the sport of boxing. There isn't a fighter that doesn't feel like he's the best. So when Pacquiao won the Ring Magazine's 2006 Fighter of the Year award, he wanted that distinction back in 2007. Instead he saw Mayweather take it by defeating a 34-year-old Oscar De La Hoya by split decision and then knocking out Ricky Hatton—a fighter Roach has admitted to thinking "is not really good." That must have hurt Pacquiao.

Pacquiao wants to be considered better than Mayweather. How does he get his Fighter of the Year title back in 2008? Well, he rematches Marquez and beats him by split decision.

He's beaten the great three Mexican fighters that were the talk of the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, then moves up to the lightweight (135 lbs) division to beat David Diaz for a world title in a fifth weight class.

That's a great resume, but it needs something. This is about when Freddie Roach starts thinking. He realizes from his fighter's easy victory at 135 that Mayweather, a welterweight (147 lbs), is not that far away. Maybe Pacquiao only needs a few fights to be truly capable of giving Mayweather his first loss.

I believe Roach developed a plan to get Pacquiao the fame he believes he deserves instead of Mayweather—and that road has been intended to go through Mayweather. The following slides I have presented will display Roach's plan, opponent by opponent.

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