Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather: "He treated me like s***!"
In the boxing universe, not all promoters, managers, trainers and fighters get along...the paying customers often prefer it that way.
Although the aforementioned parties are often forced to work together for the common and greater good, fight fans have always relished in the idea that bad blood genuinely exists both in the ring and behind closed doors.
Despite failing to provide great drama in the ring, both teams affiliated with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao genuinely disliked each other leading into one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history.
It was common knowledge leading into the record breaking match-up that Pacquiao's legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, had a long-standing history of contempt for the entire Mayweather family, including Floyd Sr, Money May and Uncle Roger.
What most don't realize is that the seven-time trainer of the year also had a few choice words with Floyd's renowned adviser, Al Haymon.
Coach Freddie recalls his brief but shocking encounter with the influential PBC founder before the historic event on May 2 of last year.
"I don't really have a relationship with Al Haymon," Freddie admitted to FightHub TV. "I met him twice. One time we had a nice meeting, cordial."
"The second time, I was in Floyd Mayweather's locker room, and he told me not to talk to his fighter. I said, I'm not talking to your fighter, I'm talking to the commissioner. And I said, why don't you go f**k yourself...I'm not scared of you!"
The harsh retort was presumably a reaction from the lack of respect Showtime Sports, Team Mayweather, and Floyd's legion of die-hard supporters had shown his fighter leading into the highly anticipated event.
Freddie explains why he snapped at "Uncle Al" in such a harsh manner.
"He treated my like I was a piece of s**t. So I didn't like the way his attitude was."
On December 10, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, Freddie's current WBA Featherweight title holder and signed Haymon fighter, Jesus Cuellar, will be taking on fellow PBC athlete, former multi-division world champion Abner Mares.
Will there be another epic Roach/Haymon confrontation at the USC campus?
Coach Freddie doesn't think so.
"Just because I have a fighter who's with him, I don't have to deal with him. Cuellar is a very good fighter, and he's doing well."
Manny Pacquiao will compete against Jessie Vargas on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, for his eleventh major world title.