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Freddie Roach roasts Floyd Mayweather Sr., says he looks like ‘Predator’

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The trash talking regarding Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao doesn’t only go one way.

Floyd has been active on social media the past week talking all kinds of trash. Prior to Christmas, he sent out his “Christmas card” that totally ripped Pacquiao. A few days later, Floyd shared a photo on Twitter of a guy who he said looked like a cross between Pac-Man and Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach:

I have to admit, that guy does look like Roach.

Well Freddie wasn’t about to let Floyd make him look like a dufus without so much as a response. He took a shot at Floyd’s dad and trainer, Floyd Sr., by comparing the man to “Predator”:

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Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao would beat ‘slow’ Floyd Mayweather

pacquiao-mayweatherThe Manny Pacquiao camp has been banging the Floyd Mayweather fight drum pretty hard over the past few weeks, and the latest words come from Freddie Roach, who believes his fighter would beat Floyd.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Saturday in Macau and looked very good in the fight. It was his first victory in over two years, though that stat is really misleading; Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in my opinion, but the judges screwed him on that split decision. I also thought he looked pretty good against Juan Manuel Marquez until Marquez caught him with a huge shot in the sixth round to end the fight.

Prior to the Pacquiao-Rios fight, promoter Bob Arum said he was open to Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting. That was a change from his previous stances, as Arum always found ways to impede the fight (as did Floyd). It’s no surprise that Pacquiao’s side wants the fight now — he’s not as highly regarded as Floyd anymore, and he has less to lose. All that adds up to less leverage, which would ostensibly make negotiations go more smoothly.

If Floyd and Manny end up fighting next year as Top Rank Promotions hopes, Roach, who is Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, thinks Manny would win the fight.

“Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn’t move as much as he used to,” Roach told AFP. “I think Manny’s speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws. And he has trouble with speed.

“Manny Pacquiao, he’s back, but I never really had the thought he went anywhere.”

Roach has been talking a lot of trash lately. Maybe calling Mayweather slow is his way of trying to goad the undefeated boxer. Then again, Roach was talking trash when he said Rios was a punching bag who hits back, but his words turned out to be accurate. Maybe the same will be true of his prediction about Pacquiao-Mayweather. But there’s only one problem: I still don’t think Floyd will agree to the fight — facing Pacquiao is too risky for him.

Freddie Roach trash talks Brandon Rios ahead of fight

roach-pacquiaoFreddie Roach has lost all diplomacy when it comes to Brandon Rios.

Roach, who trains Manny Pacquiao, has gone into full trash-talking mode ahead of the fight between Pac-man and Rios on Sunday in Macau (Saturday night in the US). This week Roach ripped Rios’ speed, defense and overall ability.

Rios said he was not a punching bag for Pacquiao, leading to this response from Roach: “He’s a punching bag that swings back.”

Roach then just brought the heat with the insults, saying Rios’ defense is worse than Ricky Hatton’s. Hatton is a British fighter who infamously was destroyed by Pac-Man and Floyd Mayweather.

“I think defense-wise, Ricky (Hatton) has better defense than him. Brandon Rios has never had good defense,” Roach said via Spin.ph.

So you think that trash talk from Roach is bad? It got worse.

“The more I watch him on tapes, the worse he gets,” Roach said of Rios. “He doesn’t do anything spectacular, he’s not special. He’s just a tough guy, he’s just in front of you, he swings back, but he’s too slow for Manny in my opinion.”

Roach is generally fairly respectful of his fighters’ opponents, so this sort of trash talk is unusual for him. But I guess after his fight with Alex Ariza and the rest of Rios’ camp, he means business.

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios camps get into fight at gym (Video)

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The camp members of Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios got into a big altercation at a gym in Macau on Wednesday morning (local time) that involved racial and homophobic slurs as well as an assault. The fight may or may not have been staged to drum up publicity for the fight between the two men, which is taking place in Asia and has not received the type of buzz a Pacquiao fight used to generate.

The supposed fight between the two sides arose after Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, complained that Rios’ camp was still in the gym past their allotted time. Rios’ team was supposed to have the gym — located in the Venetian in Macau — from 9-11 a.m. Pacquiao was scheduled to have the gym at 11.

Supposedly upset over Rios still being in the gym, Roach approached Rios’ trainer, Robert Garcia, interrupted his interview and told him to get out. Roach supposedly called Garcia a piece of s— and told him to go f— himself. Alex Ariza, who is now Rios’ trainer and was previously Pac-Man’s trainer before he was let go because of friction with Roach, got involved and kicked Roach in the chest.

Ariza was seen on video mocking Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease and calling him a “stuttering prick.”

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Freddie Roach will tell Manny Pacquiao to retire if he loses again

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Freddie Roach reportedly said that he will tell Manny Pacquiao to retire if the fighter loses for a third straight time.

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) is scheduled to fight Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on Nov. 23 in Macau, China. Pac-Man is coming off back-to-back losses. He lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley last June, and he suffered a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, says he will advise his fighter to hang up the gloves if he loses to Rios.

“If he loses, I will tell him to retire,” Roach told ESPN. “If you lose three in a row it’s your time.

“He’s up there in age. I’ve got to keep a close eye on him. It’s part of my job to protect him. I will do the right thing.”

Pacquiao is 34 and already has a career in politics in the Philippines. Not only does he have other interests in life to look out for, but Roach has long felt that Manny’s training suffered because of his multiple interests. Maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing for him to retire.

But this could also just be lip service from Roach.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because Roach said the same thing last year before Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley. Manny didn’t look great, but he went back out to fight in December. And even though Pacquiao’s health has been in question since his knockout loss to Marquez, his camp is sending him back out there again. Roach may advise Pacquiao to retire, but I doubt he listens.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao needs to bring back killer instinct

Manny Pacquiao’s reputation as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world has taken a hit over the past few years. The Filipino lost a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley in June, and he narrowly won a majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in his previous fight. Though he battered three straight opponents before that, he hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, recognizes that Pac Man needs to bring back his killer instinct to regain his reputation as a fearsome fighter in the ring.

“Marquez will be more hittable and not so much a counter-puncher. I think we need a knockout to secure [Pacquiao's] No. 1 spot in the world. He needs to be impressive and a knockout would be impressive,” Roach told Boxing Scene.

“In the first [fight with Marquez, Pacquiao] was aggressive in the beginning of that fight. In the second fight we had one knockdown and in the third fight we had none. He just lost that killer instinct. In the first fight he was trying to knock him out, but Marquez is very resilient also.

“You have to take that factor in also. We need to bring back that killer instinct where he finishes guys like he used to.”

Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in their first fight, and Pac Man won decisions in the next two.

“[Marquez] lost those fights and I still had Manny winning by a little bit. Manny started well and he finished well,” Roach said. “A lot of fans thought that we lost [the third] fight so we have to redeem ourselves.”

The fourth — and hopefully final — fight between the two is on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas. Despite what Roach is aiming for, Marquez seems to have Pacquiao’s number. I don’t see a knockout for Manny in that one.

Freddie Roach tells Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. one missed training session and I quit

We got on trainer Freddie Roach’s case for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s poor performance last weekend against Sergio Martinez, but it looks like Chavez Jr. is the one largely to blame.

Roach complained that Chavez Jr. wasn’t following proper training in his preparation for the Martinez fight, and then on Wednesday we learned that Chavez Jr. also smoked marijuana leading up to the fight. That’s hardly the recipe for success.

On Monday, Roach decided that Chavez Jr. was making him look bad and that he wouldn’t put up with the flakiness any longer.

“I’ve told Julio, ‘When we do this again, the first day you miss anything, I’m going home,’” Roach told the LA Times.

Roach also defended his reputation, saying Chavez Jr. has himself to blame for his poor performance.

“I don’t know why [Chavez Jr.] messed with the success of listening to me. He trained in his living room, and it just wasn’t enough.”

Roach is smart to threaten to drop Chavez Jr. as a client. The trainer’s reputation is taking a big hit with his major fighters — Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, and Chavez Jr. — not looking good in their recent fights. We do think something is wrong with his training that’s creating these problems, and that his fighters are not listening to him, but when it comes to Chavez Jr., he needs to be strict because that dude is making him look really bad.