Thursday, March 11, 2010
Freddie on Manny
By Kieran Mulvaney
Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, just sat down with reporters in the media room. We asked whether he or Pacquiao was disappointed at all that the Filipino will be fighting Joshua Clottey, and not Floyd Mayweather Jr., on Saturday.
"It may have been a little bit of a letdown for him, because when we were working the mitts, he'd go into Mayweather mode -- pretending he was Mayweather, with the hand down and the shoulder roll and all that," he said. "And then he would show me how he would crush that defense. I've never seen him do that before. So I know he was angry about the allegations about the steroids. He wasn't happy with that. Mayweather's the first person I've seen that Manny does not like."
But any letdown didn't last for long before Pacquiao refocused on the task at hand.
"I'm waiting for the day he walks through the doors of the gym and doesn't have the work intensity that he does," Roach said. "He works harder today than he did the first day he walked into the gym. He loves to work."