- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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LAS VEGAS -– Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer, has been outspoken throughout the promotion of Pacquiao’s long-awaited showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night (Showtime PPV/HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In fact, Roach has spoken about Mayweather often, even when the fight was not made as he tried to goad him into the bout.
That is no surprise, because that is typical of Roach. He’s not afraid to speak out, and he is a gift to writers looking to fill their notebooks.
But Floyd Mayweather Sr., his son’s trainer, who can be as outspoken and outlandish as any trainer in boxing -– and fill the notebooks as well -- has been relatively quiet in recent fights, including this one. That is by design, it would seem.
Floyd Jr. did not have his father seated at the dais for the final press conference Wednesday and did not have him speak during the event. It was the same for his September rematch with Marcos Maidana. There have been precious few words from Senior.
But Floyd Jr. turned his dad loose to speak to a small group of writers on Wednesday after the news conference, in which he said, “Whatever happens on Saturday, it’s going to be one-sided. Pacquiao is going to sleep. I’m a trainer; I know what’s going on with fighters. Pacquiao doesn’t have it. Everybody can say what they want to say. I’ve said it before -- Pacquiao can’t punch. I’m not worried about it. I’m going to have Floyd walk him down.”
And Senior was at it again Thursday, when he followed Roach in meeting the press inside the media tent for a Q&A.
"To be honest with you, it's not going to be much of a fight,” he said. “This fight has already been won. We can beat Manny any day, any time, any year, any moment. Manny's best performance was when he got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.”
He also reiterated his desire for his son to retire after finishing his six-fight Showtime/CBS contract in September.
“I think it's best for Floyd to choose what he wants to do at the end of the year,” Mayweather Sr. said. “I think he should retire, because if he sticks around, somebody is going to get you sooner or later."
Given the opportunity to speak, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has strong opinions about what he expects to happen Saturday night.