Manny Could Beat Floyd with One Arm Behind His Back! LEGENDARY TRAINER ROACH HAILS PACMAN

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Manny Could Beat Floyd with One Arm Behind His Back! LEGENDARY TRAINER ROACH HAILS PACMAN


Byline: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW JEFF POWELL Boxing Correspondent

PACQUIAO MAYWEATHER 5 DAYS TO GO

THE bravest man in boxing will be inside the ropes only for those tense 60-second intervals which separate the rounds during the richest fight of all time.

One of the most forthright personalities in the hardest game will spend those fleeting minutes galvanising and guiding Manny Pacquiao to what he believes will be the ruination of Floyd Mayweather.

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, is as honestly outspoken as he was courageously foolhardy during the gloved wars of his youth, which have left him battling with the most pernicious opponent to confront any boxer.

Parkinson's disease, the affliction which has silenced Muhammad Ali, cannot muzzle Roach. If his Filipino PacMan devastates America's Money Man, the master trainer will anoint the protege he loves like a son as the monarch of all he surveys.

'Manny wins this and he will be king of the world,' says Roach. 'And he will deserve the roar of the people. But Triple G is the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.' Triple who? Pacquiao did not recognise Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin when the Kazakh with the highest knock-out ratio in middleweight history walked into Roach's fabled Wild Card gym in Los Angeles the other day.

'Manny doesn't watch boxing,' says Roach. 'Of course he was as courteous as always but he had no idea who this visitor was. Golovkin is the pound-forpound man of the moment. But what Manny will do in Las Vegas on May 2 is prove himself the greatest fighter of his generation.' It is an even more profound achievement that Roach will be in the MGM Grand Garden and therein lies the richest of ironies.

Boxing itself is enabling Roach to defy the ravaging condition which resulted from taking too many blows to the head.

It is the pounding from Pacquiao's concussive punches to his hand-pads and body protector, the sweating exertions in that gym ring, which he credits for his ability to lead a relatively normal life. 'My physical therapy,' he calls it. 'Boxing is now my salvation.' Roach wakes each morning at 5am. He drives to the gym in time to prepare for the 6.30 arrival of Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican idol he is also preparing for world ham am i pi pion on h sh ship ip at ct ctio ion Pac acqu quia iao championship action. Pacquiao, usually after running early, arrives between two and four in the afternoon, according to his work programme for the day.

Between the two of them Roach puts in up to 15 rounds on the pads and presides over sparring. …

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