Mayweather vs Pacquiao trainers: Is one acting out of character?Written by Christopher Wirsing
One major, very interesting element of the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight surrounds the two men who are preparing these combatants for the big show.
As we know, Freddie Roach is a multiple time Trainer of the Year having managed and trained numerous world champions over his career while Floyd Mayweather Sr. got his reputation due to the great success of his son little Floyd.
If anyone researches the verbal jabs going on between the two camps, they will learn about the many accusations flying back and fourth. The camps are accusing each other of attempting to pay sparring partners to no-show, sending spies to observe workouts and more.
Freddie Roach seems to be very confident in his pupil, Manny, and the game plan they are preparing. He has been consistent in his interview statements, insisting Manny is ready and that Floyd Jr.’s legs are shot.
Roach also makes no secret he believes Floyd Sr. lacks the ability to coach and that Junior downgraded when he replaced his Uncle Roger with his father as chief second.
In all, Roach’s attitude and statements have not changed much in the past six years regarding the fight.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. on the other hand has suddenly displayed a rash of silence since the bout was announced. In years past, he has accused Pacquiao of using steroids, recited poems that denounced Roach’s coaching ability, and talked excessively about how superior he is to Freddie as a trainer and how easily Floyd Jr. would knock out Manny Pacquiao.
Ever since the fight was signed, Floyd Sr.’s comments and flamboyant ways have simmered. At the press conference to officially announce the fight, Floyd Sr. didn’t even approach the microphone when his name was announced.
The elder Floyd's actions are out of character for him seeing as how he taunted Pacquiao and Roach all throughout the buildup to Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton in 2009, a bout in which Mayweather was the latter's trainer and chief second.
Is Floyd Sr questioning his son's ability to beat Manny?
He seems immensely concerned the fight may not play out as he hopes. And after preparing Hatton to be brutally knocked out by Pacquiao, Floyd Sr. has to be well aware that Pacquiao and Roach have good chemistry.
Can Roach solve little Floyd the way he did Hatton and several other elite level fighters?
It is possible.
So, is Mayweather Sr nervous heading into the fight because he knows deep down he can’t devise a great game plan to beat Pacquiao?
Although he has had his share of top fighters as well as some big wins under his belt, his training methods seem to be the same for every fighter regardless of who the opponent is. As he observed in the Pacquiao vs Hatton fight, there are specific moves and strengths he will have to address in facing a fighter like Manny Pacquiao.
Over the years, Mayweather Sr. has talked big and has gotten some good training opportunities because of his mouth and his son’s success - But does he have the ability to study an opponent and devise a successful game plan?
The question is bigger now more than ever.
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