Thursday, 25 December 2014 14:21
Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Manny will have to fight the perfect fight, insists Freddie RoachWritten by Joseph Herron
Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are assumed to be poles apart at this stage of the negotiation process, world renowned fight trainer Freddie Roach is already game planning for an eventual showdown for 2015.
"I can't wait to get ready for Floyd Mayweather," claims 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."
While the Wildcard Gym leader is confident that he can devise the perfect strategy to defeat the unbeaten champion, many have questioned whether or not Manny Pacquiao can implement such a fight plan at this stage of his legendary career should Pacquiao vs Mayweather take place.
In recent years, Congressman Pacquiao has been criticized for ostensibly displaying a less than "seek and destroy" type of mentality in the ring, and presenting an almost sympathetic attitude in performances against Antonio Margarito, Josh Clottey, "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Timothy Bradley, and most recently Chris Algieri.
Admittedly, Coach Freddie states that he prefers a less sympathetic disposition when competing in the ring.
"I used to train a fighter, and every time he'd touch gloves with a guy I'd say, what is that your f***ing friend out there? I'd get so mad. You're here to win a world title fight and you touch gloves with this guy...go knock him out!"
To score a decisive victory over the perceived best defensive fighter in the business, the Hall of Fame trainer realizes that Manny will have to put his foot on the gas from start to finish and offer no quarter to his adversary.
"I like guys who bring the fight, and that's what we'll have to do against a guy like Mayweather."
The 57 year old boxing mentor not only believes that his superstar pupil will defeat the undefeated future Hall of Famer, but he's hopeful that the victory will lead to a series of historic bouts with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well.
"I would love to see these guys fight more than once," states the six-time trainer of the year. "And if they split the first two, we could get a rubber match. We could end up having three big fights."
"This has been done before, so it can be done again. It needs to happen for both guys. The world has waited long enough and the fans deserve something like this."