Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Freddie Roach still not over it
Over four weeks have gone by since the highly anticipated “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and emotions continue to linger within the mind of a respected member of the boxing fraternity.
Seven-time trainer of the year, Freddie Roach, told several members of the mainstream press at WBC Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto’s media workout in Los Angeles, California, that he still hasn’t fully recovered physically or mentally from the hectic event.
“It’s very difficult,” stated the Hall of Fame trainer. “I’ll never show it around Miguel, of course, but I’m still a little bit drained from that fight."
"The whole experience with the media, the fight itself, the injuries, the doctors…there was a lot of emotion with the entire event.”
“I’m still not over that fight. I still wonder about it. I would have liked to have had Manny with two good hands, but he re-injured the right arm in the fourth round and we just had to do the best we could from that point on.”
Despite reports that Manny had injured his right shoulder three weeks before the clamored event, Freddie didn’t believe the ailment would hinder his fighter's performance against the pound for pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“In the dressing room before the fight, I was happy with the way he was throwing the right hook. I didn’t think it would be a problem during the fight. But he did re-injure it in the fourth round…those things happen.”
“He told me after the round that he injured his shoulder, but I had no idea what that meant. I didn’t know the extent of the injury. I couldn’t really tell how hurt he was at the time, so I just told him to keep putting pressure on him and to catch him in the corners or against the ropes if he could. But Mayweather’s a very crafty guy and he kind of outsmarted us a little bit.”
And while the great majority of the media in attendance scored the fight in favor of the eventual winner, the heralded fight trainer is still not sure who deserved to get the decision from the judges at ringside.
“Most of the fans in the arena told me we got robbed,” claims the Hall of Fame trainer.
“And at the airport, 99% of the people told me ‘we won the fight’. But I haven’t re-watched the fight yet, so I can’t tell you what I think about it."
"But after the fight, I thought it could have gone either way.”
Although a potential rematch isn’t out of the question for 2016, Roach isn’t sure whether or not a return bout between Floyd and Manny will ever take place. But if it were to happen next year, the always outspoken boxing mentor is certain the outcome would be different with a healthy version of the Pacman.
“I don’t hear anything about anyone making a rematch with Mayweather right now, but with two good hands, I think Manny would have knocked him out.”
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