Roach Says He'll Pick Sparring Partners for Pacquiao This Time

By Steve Kim

According to Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum ,a deal is very close to being struck for a rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao that will take place in the month of November in Australia.

Back on July 1st, Horn scored a major upset by defeating the Filipino icon and taking the WBO welterweight title at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Pacquiao's long-time trainer, Freddie Roach, reflected on that loss by telling - "I think the biggest mistake the last camp was that we didn't get sparring partners that were big enough or strong enough for a guy like Horn. They get 130-pounders and that's doesn't work when you're getting ready for a guy who weighs like 170(pounds) when he gets into the ring. Horn's a big, strong kid and we've got to get ready for that."


And with that, Roach, says there will be one major change in how this training camp will be conducted. He says Pacquiao's longime adviser, Mike Koncz, was regulating the sparring partners the last time around.

"For some reason Mike Koncz wanted to be in charge of sparring partners because he didn't feel as though the bigger guys would give Manny enough work and the bigger guys would be more taxing on his body and so forth," explained the veteran trainer.

"But if he wants to be a world championship fighter that's what he has to compete with. So we need bigger, stronger guys this time. I'll pick the sparring partners this time for camp."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by game20ver on 08-18-2017

Freddie needs to retire, this is incompetence, he is no longer doing his job nor looking out for Manny's well being!

Comment by mind_blown on 08-18-2017

Man, seems like his team is just sabotaging him. Sound like a bunch of guys just concerned about getting paid. They care more about themselves than Manny. The end of Manny's career is a mess!

Comment by elfag on 08-17-2017

koncz is a business advisor or whatever the fuk he is. he has never fought nor trained a boxerin his life. Why the fuk would he pick sparring partners? explains why pac used a freaking mma fighter for his preparations…

Comment by juandabomb on 08-17-2017

this has to be the lamest thing ive read in a long time. koncz is a weasel leeching low breed..roach is lookin for an excuse.pathetic smh

Comment by McNulty on 08-17-2017

Roach actually let Koncz pick sparring partners? Confirmed, Roach is a junk trainer.

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