Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Roach on Pacquiao’s Late Arrival, Khan Split, Chavez Jr.

By Ryan Maquiñana

On Saturday afternoon, five-time BWAA Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach stood behind his usual counter at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, fielding questions from a pair of writers as he oversaw the packed gym.

With his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao reportedly choosing to stay in his hometown of General Santos, Philippines, and postpone the American portion of his training camp until October 27, Roach gave BoxingScene.com an update on the matter.

“He’s going to be a couple days late,” Roach said.  “I talked to him this morning.  He’ll be here by the mid-week.”

Despite Pacquiao’s earlier promise to hold his entire camp at Wild Card with Roach in order to better prepare for his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, the trainer was unconcerned about the delay.

“We have eight weeks until the fight,” Roach said.  “I’m not really worried about it.  He’s running now.  He’s getting in shape, and that’s all we do the first couple weeks anyway.  The sparring won’t start until about six weeks out, so it should be no problem.”

As for the fight itself, Roach admitted that there would be an emphasis on keeping it from going the distance.

“It’s always going to be a competitive fight,” he said.  “Manny told me he needed a knockout to win.  I’m going to hold him to it, and we’re going go in there looking for a knockout.  Something we didn’t do before, we need to do now, because we’re not going to win a decision.”

Another of Roach’s charges, former junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan, parted ways with him following his stoppage loss to Danny Garcia in July.  Khan has since moved camp from Southern to Northern California to work with Virgil Hunter.  When asked if the split was acrimonious, Roach replied the opposite.

“No, he’s up there with Virgil Hunter to teach him how to box,” he said.  “I wish him the best of luck, and there are no hard feelings, no.  We had a good run.”

The brief conversation concluded with the topic of whether Roach has had any contact with middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. following his positive drug test in September.  Chavez, who stormed back in the final round against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez only to lose by decision, has long been hampered by a lackadaisical attitude toward training.

“No, I haven’t talked to Chavez,” Roach said.  “If I do train him again, the first day he misses, I’ll go home.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by spoonwars on 10-16-2012

[QUOTE=JoeWbbmest311;12610087]“It’s always going to be a competitive fight,” he said.* “Manny told me he needed a knockout to win.* I’m going to hold him to it, and we’re going go in there looking for a knockout.* Something we didn’t do…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-16-2012

[QUOTE=Fetta;12610448]Thats why i said a MAJORITY cause you are in the minority in thinking pac won but to each his own. Stepped on his foot and only because of haircut! LOL! Clowns like you should stick to simpler sports cause…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-16-2012

[QUOTE=JoeWbbmest311;12610087]“It’s always going to be a competitive fight,” he said.* “Manny told me he needed a knockout to win.* I’m going to hold him to it, and we’re going go in there looking for a knockout.* Something we didn’t do…

Comment by UglyPug on 10-16-2012

[QUOTE=beatnutts;12610455]I don't think anyone here can be honest with themselves. I look at the postings and it says if you are a Manny fan then you say all JMM did was step on Manny's feet and other then that JMM…

Comment by Muscles72 on 10-16-2012

For roach and manny that was the grand plan to knockout marquez... ain't happenin keep it real and as for khan what can he say you know khan is good not great but good if he would have just boxed…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (29)
Top Headlines Joe Ham To Fight For Belt On Burns vs. Indongo Card De La Hoya: Canelo Would Beat Mayweather 'Easy' in Rematch! Luke Campbell Hopes To Get a Crack at Mikey Garcia's Title Chavez: I've Fought Better Opponents Than Canelo, I Can't Lose! Angel Garcia and The New York State Athletic Commission Horn's Promoter Will Wait To See How Pacquiao-Khan Plays Out Sullivan Barrera Denies Receiving Contract For Beterbiev Fight Arum Skeptical of $38M Offer to Bring Pacquiao-Khan to the UAE Roy Jones Jr. Wants Anderson Silva on Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Director Doubts Canelo-Chavez "Bet" Will Push Through Pacquiao Announces He is Negotiating With Khan for Next Fight Photo: Dmitry Bivol vs. Robert Berridge – Official Weigh-In Sanchez Adjusts Golovkin's Sparring Schedule For Jacobs Fight Emmanuel Rodriguez-Omar Narvaez Moves To March 11 SHO Bill Photos: Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington Open Workouts Haye Wants Steel Fence To Avoid Violent Bust-Up With Bellew Miguel Flores Makes No Excuses After TKO Loss To Dat Nguyen Canelo: Chavez Jr. Accepted Our Bet, He Better Honor It After Loss! Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Deal is Reached Oner: Avni Yildirim Too Strong, Will Take Teeth of David Benavides Adrian Granados Will Be Back on Showtime, Says Manager Cautious Chavez Certain He’ll Make 164.5 for Canelo Fight Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez Tops ESPN2 Bill on April 20 Broner-Granados Fight Peaked at 859,000 Viewers on Showtime Canelo Plans To Vacate WBO Title, Fight at 160 - After Chavez Bout Joe Gallagher: Liam Smith Expects Tough Fight With Williams Izu Ugonoh: I Have To Be at My Best To Beat Dominic Breazeale Chavez Expects to Enter Ring at 180; Canelo Not Concerned DiBella: Unlike Wilder-Wawrzyk, 'Nervous' About Wilder-Washington Chavez: Canelo Picked Me Over GGG For 'Easier Fight, More Money' Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase Liam Williams on Liam Smith: This Is A Real Fight, It'll Be Good Cecilia Braekhus' Former Coach Ready To Help Svensson Win Angulo: Canelo Lacking The Heart and Balls To Face Golovkin Mayweather Sr: I Would Beat Conor McGregor's Ass - And I'm 63! Adam Bashanov Set To Turn Pro on Ceylan vs. Lowe Card WBA, AIBA Hold a Second Meeting in Taipei To Further Relations Jhonny Gonzalez Back on March 25, To Face Sergio Estrella Jarrett Hurd: I'm Turning A lot of Non-Believers into Believers
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement