Freddie Roach on Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Rigondeaux

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Freddie Roach on Mike Tyson,  Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Rigondeaux
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There hasn't been a hotter trainer in boxing over the last several years than Freddie Roach. HBO is running a series devoted to following Freddie's life. Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles has become one of the most famous boxing gyms in the world. Celebrities, world class fighters, and street kids all intermingle to offer one of the warmest, most amusing atmospheres of any door you'll ever enter. Freddie arrives to work everyday early in the morning and I've never seen him not enjoy giving a fan a photograph.

After his own professional boxing career was over and prior to running the gym and training fighters, Roach worked as a telemarketer. His brother went to prison for stealing baseball cards ("Pepper" Roach will tell you himself he was known as "The Bubblegum Bandit"). Now Pepper works alongside Freddie with anyone looking to break a sweat or learn the sweet science. Freddie recently bought his brother a house in Los Angeles. He's also known to set up accounts with local store keepers as a preventive measure in case "The Bubblegum Bandit" strikes again.

And while you're trying to take all this in after you've climbed the steps to Freddie's gym, don't be surprised if you and anyone you're with is offered a cream from a helpful stranger promising weight loss and significant enlargement in a certain region of your anatomy. "Miracle cream! 10 bucks!"

Trying to reconcile any of it would spoil all the fun Freddie's created with his private universe.    

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