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Roach on Khan-McCloskey, Bradley-Alexander, More

By Chris Robinson

At the Las Vegas press conference for Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley, trainer Freddie Roach took some time from his busy schedule to break down several aspects of the fight. Pacquiao is a heavy favorite heading into his Las Vegas showdown against the former three-division champion from Pomona, California but Roach isn't one to take Mosley lightly.

In the past Freddie has criticized Pacquiao's prior opponents, issuing harsh forewarnings to the like of Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Antonio Margarito, but in Mosley you can tell he would rather take the high road and tip his hat. Roach and I discussed the danger of Mosley at this stage of his career, the upcoming training camp for this particular contest, what it will be like when Pacquiao walks away from the the sport, his fighter Amir Khan's future, and much more.

Ready for Mosley...

"I made a statement that he should retire after his last fight and that' my opinon. But, the thing is, he chooses to fight and if he gets in shape and he gets up for a fight, he's definitely going to bring the best that he's got. One thing about Shane, he will try. I think he's very dangerous in the first four rounds of the fight, that's a crucial part of the fight, but we're going to be ready for it."

The danger of Shane...

"He has speed and power of course. He's a very clever guy. He's a big counter puncher. He's tactical and he makes pretty good adjustments when he fights southpaws. Just overall he is a very experienced fighter. Just because he's a little bit older doesn't mean he cant' do it anymore. But that remains to be seen. I'm going to train my guy to beat him every round, one at a time, and if the knockout comes, it comes."

The moment when Pacquiao walks away...

"I know Manny as good as anybody in the world. We're very close. We have a lot of respect for each other. We have a great working relationship. When Manny's ready. He still loves the sport and he still has the work ethic. He can do this for a lot longer if he wants to. As long as he does that I am with him. I'd be more happy to get Mayweather in the ring and then call it a day but that's not going to happen because Mayweather has no balls."

Taking nobody lightly...

"He doesn't take anyone lightly. If he was going to fight you he would be ready. Manny's training, desire, discipline, and the way he trains doesn't vary. So I don't see any problem with that and he doesn't take anybody lightly."

Pacquiao's improvements over the years...

"From 122, 126, 130, I asked 'when is he going to stop?'. He's a completely different fighter now. His footwork is much better. He has two hands now; he can knock you out with either hand at this point. After the Diaz fight you're really starting to see everything that we have been working on. His performances since that fight have been terrific. When Manny Pacquiao can eat breakfast and lunch before a weigh in, he's happy and he fights better when he's happy. I think a fight at 147 is the last weight we will fight at. But if you come across the right opportunity you never know."

Upcoming training for the Mosley fight...

"Well, I love it when he's at the Wild Card. It's a lot easier and his focus is a lot better. But we're going to four weeks in the Philippines and four weeks at the Wild Card for this fight. It's similar to how we trained the last two fights. It's not a problem though."

Amir Khan's April 16th foe, Paul McCloskey...

"McCloskey is a southpaw who is right-handed and has a real good right hook. He rolls his shoulder a little bit like Mayweather, to try to be like Mayweather, but he's not near as fast. I'm not overly impressed with McCloskey. I think Amir will knock him out."

Timothy Bradley's victory over Devon Alexander...

"Tim Bradley fought the fight he had to fight. He comes in low and he uses his head a lot. It's something to be concerned with. Alexander quit in that fight. 'I'm blind, I can't see' but with two eyes open. Very embarrassing for a world champion in my opinion."

Loving the thought of Khan vs. Bradley...

"It's a good fight. A tough fight. Obviously a fight that everyone would want to see to unify the titles. I hope that fight's next for both guys. It's a fight that I welcome and a style that is a little tricky to get ready for. He's strong, he throws wide punches, and he comes in head first, but I love that fight. I hope it happens."

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here , and he can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chiguy91 on 02-14-2011

what a *****, he said before pac will knock him out, now he's saying if it comes, it comes....dude knows mosley will be a walk in the park, he knew it when taking on dlh, and he knows it now.…

Comment by Slevin on 02-14-2011

"Mayweather has no balls"

Comment by wazaa. on 02-14-2011

After reading these comments from Roach, I think Bradley-Khan will get made. :boxing:.

Comment by BoxingFreak32 on 02-13-2011

i cant wait to hear his thoughts on the recent accusation by ariza that khan planned the robbery of his contracts......:davil2:

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