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Roach to fly to HOF after fight

6/7/2012

LAS VEGAS -- This weekend is a huge one for trainer Freddie Roach. On Saturday night, of course, he will man Manny Pacquiao's corner when the fighter defends his welterweight title against Timothy Bradley Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

But additionally, at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Roach will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on the other side of the country, in Canastota, N.Y., and he has no intention of missing such a great honor.

Those events do, however, make for some tricky logistics. In order to be able to work the fight and also reach the Hall of Fame in time, Roach rented a plane.

Roach is going to give fellow inductee and famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, who is also working the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, a lift.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal," Roach said Wednesday. "So my plane leaves at midnight and it will wait for me until 2 in the morning if I'm late."

The plane will fly to Syracuse, and then Roach and his traveling companions will drive to Canastota, which is about a half-hour away.

"I'll get the award and then I'm flying back [Sunday] night to Vegas, and then Monday I'm going to Texas with [Julio Cesar] Chavez [Jr.]

Roach, who also trains Chavez, will work out with him on Monday before they head to El Paso, Texas, where Chavez will defend his middleweight title next Saturday against Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl.

Despite the hectic schedule, Roach said he is "very excited" about his Hall of Fame induction. In addition to Roach and Buffer, the 2012 class includes Thomas Hearns, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, broadcaster Al Bernstein and writer Michael Katz.

Roach said his 11-person jet will be full. Among his guests: his mother, brother Al, girlfriend, longtime assistant Marie, his two agents, Buffer and his guest. Roach said he wasn't sure yet if another brother, Pepper, who is recovering from a stroke, would be able to make it.

Roach said the plane will cost him $26,000 to rent.

"I'm not happy about that," he joked.

Somebody suggested that he make Buffer kick in a few bucks toward the rental.

"We will," Roach said.