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Roach: Pacquiao's Best Performance Since Cotto Win

By Chris Robinson

Entering the MGM Grand’s media center in Las Vegas on Saturday night, trainer Freddie Roach seemed to be a little out of sorts.

Moments earlier, Roach’s start fighter, Manny Pacquiao, had gone twelve hard rounds with Palm Springs, California’s Timothy Bradley. The fight was an interesting one to study and while Bradley’s grit and fortitude were on display, it was the skills of Pacquiao that appeared to carry the day.

Shockingly, two of the three judges sitting ringside, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, offered up 115-113 verdicts in Bradley’s favor, overruling the 115-113 tally from Jerry Roth, as Pacquiao suffered his first professional defeat over the past fifteen fights and nearly seven years.

Still a bit in disbelief at how everything transpired, all Roach could do was state his case for his charge as he addressed the media.

“I thought we won the fight,” Roach opened up. “I’m very proud of Manny. I thought he fought a very good fight. I thought that was one of the best fights since the [Miguel] Cotto fight. I told him he gave the eleventh round away. Bradley was very tough and very durable. I thought we clearly, clearly won the fight.”

As far as what the three ringside officials must have been watching, Roach seemed at a loss.

“I think they had their eyes closed, I’m not sure,” stated Roach. “Something wasn’t right. Because what everyone else saw and what they saw were two different things.”

Roach was asked if the fact that Pacquiao’s last fight, a majority-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, was a bit controversial may have worked against him and the four-time trainer of the year didn’t rule out such a possibility.

“I didn’t see many close rounds,” Roach pointed out. “I’m not sure if our last fight had something to do with it because our last fight was a very close fight and maybe a little controversial. Did they hold that against us? I’m not sure.”

Shortly after, Pacquiao would enter the building to a warm reception and take his turn fielding questions from the media. In the middle of Pacquiao’s time on the dais, Roach would have to make his exit, as he prepared to catch a flight to Canastota, New York for his induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Surely it will be a bittersweet and reflective time for the renowned trainer, who still seems to be trying to digest everything that happened over the weekend in Las Vegas.

Bonus Pacquiao-Bradley SLIDESHOWS

Candid images of Bradley's controversial victory over Pacquiao

Behind the scenes at the Pacquiao-Bradley weigh-in

Pacquiao and Bradley storm the MGM Grand with high hopes 

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected], www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony and www.Youtube.com/CRHarmony 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KingKhan1 on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;12230646]Manny beat Bradleys azz...hehehehe Bradely is happy with a gift....In no life time will Bradley ever beat Manny! Especially in a rematch. Manny will Knock him out. There will be no decision![/QUOTE] Surely if manny was capable of knocking bradley…

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 06-11-2012

Man someone always has to bring up Floyd and dump on him if something is said negative about Manny lol. Cotto/Floyd was not even close 5-6either, just because Cotto bloodied Floyds nose he may have won? LOL Cotto may have…

Comment by borikua on 06-11-2012

His last fights = off the juice.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=285Kid;12230826]I was forgetting about Cotto but if Bradley won last night then Cotto was robbed in fight with Floyd becuase on like Bradley he did hit Floyd..[/QUOTE] Cotto fight was not close at all. Just because he made Floyd nose…

Comment by Brother Jay on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=javysouthpaw;12231310]This version of Pac loses to Cotto, Hatton, ODH, and goes life and death with Margarito. He was completely one dimensional and inactive. [b][size=4]I still think he won but this was the worst I have ever seen him.[/size][/b] Watch the…

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