It has been reported that fingers are being pointed at trainer Freddie Roach for Manny Pacquiao's recent struggle against Juan Manuel Marquez.
Granville Armpong of the Examiner.Com has spoken to several 'members' of Team Pacquiao, who have criticized Roach's training and tactical decisions before and during the fight.
The main focus is directed at Roach's struggles with Parkinson Disease and that the condition is now deteriorating at a pace which is in turn affecting Pacquiao.
An unnamed team member states "That's why Manny (Pacquiao) has become a bit confused, too, and was doing all by himself in solving Marquez's puzzle after round three because I think Freddie (Roach) himself even had no idea on how to deal with Marquez."
The 'source' goes further stating that Roach's medication is affecting his cognitive thinking and in turn is endangering Pacquiao.
Taking these claims at face value, it is quite probable that someone within the Team Pacquiao sphere of influence is looking for a scapegoat for the recent debacle against Marquez.
In this writer's opinion it is very concerning to see that Roach is being the one blamed by certain members of the team who are using his illness as an deplorable excuse.
From what has been seen in the media, Roach still looks like a coach in control and knows what he is doing.
The Marquez fight was something of a disaster and many members of Team Pacquiao do not seem to be able to accept that Pacquiao came across a highly motivated fighter who had trained hard and really troubled the Filipino superstar.
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The worst case scenario is that Pacquiao and Roach split. If this happens what will be the result? Will Pacquiao go down the route of those who have ditched a highly competent trainer because of the advice of his entourage and management?
It has often been stated that Roach and his team at the Wild Card Gym have been concerned at the size of Pacquiao's entourage. It gets bigger with every fight and needs to be curtailed.
Roach is responsible for Pacquiao being the fighter he is today. British fighter Amir Khan has had his career resurrected by the renown trainer.
Hopefully these claims are just disaffected members of Pacquiao's vast entourage. The next few months and a decision on who Pacquiao will fight next will tell the tale.
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