Mayweather vs Pacquiao | Freddie Roach: "This is the best I‘ve ever seen Manny, by far…He's on fire..."Written by Joseph Herron
With less than two weeks until the most lucrative event in the history of boxing, seven-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach believes his Filipino superstar, Manny Pacquiao, is peaking at the right time.
“We’ve had a great camp, and everyone’s on fire,” claims the Hall of Fame boxing coach. “This fight has escalated Manny to a different level. Bob Arum asked me the other day, if he was faster now and more powerful than he ever has been? I honestly told him that I think so. Pacquiao is really raising the level of his performance with this fight and has risen to the occasion.”
“Manny really wants this fight and I’ve never seen him better…ever in my life. I didn‘t think this was possible because of his age and everything he‘s been through in the ring, but this is the best I‘ve ever seen Manny, by far. He’s on fire and he’s ready.”
The heralded boxing mentor attributes the Pacman’s freakish progress in the gym to the magnitude of the event.
“He’s so motivated right now, and I really don’t think it has anything to do with his dislike for his opponent."
"He knows the entire world will be watching. This is the biggest fight in history, but there is no stage that is too big for Manny Pacquiao."
"He lives for this and he genuinely loves it. This is why he became a fighter.”
“In his mind, the stage is never big enough…he’s always looking to make it bigger. That’s why Manny fights the way he does.”
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which is slated to go down in just ten short days, will most certainly shatter the records previously set for greatest number of PPV buys (2.5 million for Mayweather/De la Hoya), gross PPV revenue ($150 million for Mayweather/Canelo) and live gate ($20 million for Mayweather/Alvarez). Both men will split the eventual purse 60/40 in Mayweather’s favor, with some projections anticipating paydays of $180 million and $120 million respectively.
According to Coach Freddie, money is not what drives his fighter.
“The money’s nice, but Manny really wants to win this for his people of the Philippines,” states the Wildcard Gym leader. “He’s motivated by God and country. I know someone like Mayweather will probably never understand that, but it’s important to my fighter.”
“Manny knows how much a victory over Mayweather would mean to his fans all over the world, and that’s why he’s working as hard as he is…that’s why he’s going to beat Mayweather on May 2.”
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