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Roach confident he has the plan to shut down Oscar

Freddie Roach knows Oscar De La Hoya's flaws. Nacho Beristain considers Manny Pacquiao an old foe. Both trainers know enough about the other's fighter to lead their charge to victory.

Originally Published: December 4, 2008
By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com

To Manny Pacquiao, whose father, Rosalio, abandoned his family when the fighter was 12, Freddie Roach is more than just a trainer.

"He is a friend, almost a father figure, and I listen to Freddie, whatever he tells me," Pacquiao told ESPN.com. "He teaches me not just about boxing but about life. I am fortunate to have Freddie Roach in my life."

A student of the late Eddie Futch, one of boxing's most venerable trainers, Roach engaged in his first amateur bout at the age of 6. He ...

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