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Roach: I Hope Pacquiao Wins - But He Has a Bad Shoulder

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who worked with Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) for 16 years, is worried about his boxer's health in this weekend's fight.

Pacquiao, who turns 40-years-old later this year, will challenge Argentina’s Lucas Mathhysse (39-4, 36 KOs) for the WBA "regular" welterweight title - which the hard puncher won back in January with an eight round knockout of Thailand's Tewa Kiram.

The former eight division champion will snap a one-year layoff when he steps in the ring with Matthysse.

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Pacquiao has been inactive since losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Jeff Horn in a shocking upset in July 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

Several months ago, Pacquiao parted ways with Roach. He would promote assistant coach and best friend Buboy Fernandez to the position of head trainer.

According to Roach, Pacquiao is still suffering from the same shoulder injury that he sustained in the weeks leading up to the 2015 mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Although Pacquiao had surgery in the aftermath of his loss to Mayweather, the Filipino superstar never followed his doctor's order to properly rehab the shoulder.

Instead, Pacquiao would pray and use ocean water as his preferred healing methods.

Because of his unorthodox methods, Roach says the shoulder never properly healed - and now the superstar fighter is up against a dangerous opponent with punching power in both hands.

“I think — and hope — that Manny wins,” Roach said to the Los Angeles Times. “But Manny has a bad shoulder. The rehab on that shoulder was done by praying and swimming in the ocean.

“The ocean has healing properties, so I liked the ocean more than the praying, but when you’re telling [Pacquiao surgeon Neal] El-Attrache that the rehab is sea water and praying, he would frown. So, to me, that shoulder is still a dangerous thing, when you’re conditioning by putting pressure on the upper body.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spoon23 on 07-16-2018

Let's put it in perspective. Roach polished Pac and deserves all the credit, but at this point in Pac's career, Pac has surpassed Roach's boxing knowledge and his Parkinson's and his disloyal snake attitude is not good for Pac anymore.…

Comment by Hewito on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18937120]manny with any other trainers would still be where he's at today. roach without pac wouldnt be where he's at today, and i dont think anyone can argue this. pac was already doing his thing before he hooked up with…

Comment by WesternChamp on 07-14-2018

[QUOTE=Hewito;18937032]OK, it doesnt mean Manny does not feel(felt) the same way.[/QUOTE] manny with any other trainers would still be where he's at today. roach without pac wouldnt be where he's at today, and i dont think anyone can argue this.…

Comment by Hewito on 07-14-2018

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18934937]Manny changed my life,” said Roach in an interview a few days before leaving Manila last Sunday to set up Pacquiao’s training camp in Baguio. “I never imagined, nearly 10 years ago when Manny walked into the Wild Card Gym…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 07-14-2018

[QUOTE=sunny31;18934075]How bout you actually read the article before commenting. Why do people do that here? See it all the time.[/QUOTE] Cause normally the articles are 95% of what we already know.

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