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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Roach insists Floyd will be his biggest challenge

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Hall of fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is known for being his fighters' biggest cheerleader. However, aside from all of his smack, he often puts things into proper perspective.

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A disciple of training legend Eddie Futch, Roach, who turned 55 yesterday, has been a chief second for nearly 25 years and a boxing mentor for even longer.

So, how does he really feel about the upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao?

While in Macau preparing China’s Zou Shiming for the latter's flyweight fight Saturday, the calm and cool trainer collected himself and admitted Floyd would be the biggest challenge in his career as a trainer to date.


“It’s the biggest challenge of my career, by far."

“Floyd’s undefeated. He’s talented, He’s unique. Here’s a guy I first saw when he was five years old in the gym. And he was a good fighter then,” Roach said.

 


“I’m happy this fight is here. Yes, it’s the biggest challenge of my life but I think it’s going to be the greatest moment of my life also.”

In Decemeber, over a month before Mayweather vs Pacquiao was confirmed, Roach admitted the task at-hand wouldn't be easy.

"I can't wait to get ready for Floyd Mayweather," claimed astute fight strategist."

"He is a challenge. I have a great fighter, but we have to fight the perfect fight to win. I know that. "

 

"We have to do certain things to win...we have to be a little bit meaner and a bit more feisty."

One of the most popular boxing trainers in the world, Roach was solid contender during the 1980s.

After turning pro in 1978 as a lightweight, Roach won his first 10 bouts and eventually boasted a fine 26-1 record under legendary trainer Eddie Futch.

Known for his durability and grit, the rugged Roach would face the likes of Hector Camacho, Darryl Tyson, Greg Haugen and Bobby Chacon en route to a formidable 40-13, 15 KO career-ending record.

When the courageous Roach began showing early signs of Parkinson's disease, Futch insisted Freddie should retire but the boxer pressed onward.

He would win only one of his last six bouts before retiring at age 26. Not long after, he would find his true calling... Training fighters.

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