Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. looked so bad Freddie Roach nearly stopped fight before big comeback

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s comeback in the 12th round against Sergio Martinez on Saturday night was so improbable that his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he nearly stopped the fight after the 10th round.

Roach told his fighter in the corner after the 10th that he needed a knockout to win the fight. Then during an inteview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Roach even said he was considering stopping the fight after the 10th.

“Freddie, you told Julio that he needed a knockout to win. How does he get it?” asked Kellerman.

“He’s gotta punch with him, he’s gotta exchange with him, he’s gotta let his hands go. He’s walking in with his head down. He’s gotta let his hands go to knock this guy out,” said Roach.

“Can he [knock him out]?” Kellerman asked.

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Freddie Roach will tell Manny Pacquiao to retire if he looks bad in Bradley fight

Manny Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, and it could be his last professional fight.

“Bradley’s no killer, but he tries hard,” Freddie Roach said, according to the Associated Press. “Manny should eat him up as he comes forward. I think Manny should look really good in this fight.

“If he looks bad, he retires. At least I’ll tell him to. And he may be the first one who will listen to me.”

Pacquiao might not even need the convincing from Roach if he looks bad. The boxer has been talking about retirement ever since February, and reiterated his stance in March.

Pacquiao is only 33 years old, but this will be his 60th professional fight. He also is a congressman in the Philippines and has a future in politics to consider. About all he has left in boxing is a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that looks no closer to happening.

Freddie Roach Accuses Antonio Margarito of Ephedra Use Prior to Pacquiao Fight

With the bad blood between the Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao camps, you figured something would happen before the two even stepped in the ring. And I’m not even talking about Margarito making fun of Freddie Roach for Parkinson’s Disease. This time, the camps have traded pre-fight accusations.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, Roach complained that Margarito took ephedra prior to the fight and demanded an instant urinalysis. Margarito for his part did not sit quietly; his trainer Robert Garcia demanded a re-wrap of Pacquiao’s gloves, which actually were approved by the commission. Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports heard from Max Kellerman that it was a piece of prepped rolled tape that was placed in Pacquiao’s gloves.

So what was the story behind the ephedra accusations? From Iole, “I saw them try to give [Margarito] Hydroxycut and caught them,” [Freddy Roach associate Billy] Keane told Yahoo! Sports via text message. “He had coffee loaded with Splenda and sugar. The doctor said it was his choice to take the pills, but it would probably come up in the [post-fight urinalysis]. I did not see him take any pills.”

Numerous reports online have suggested Margarito was drinking coffee with splenda and now there have been reports of hydroxycut and ephedra being mixed in. Even if nothing happened, you have to figure at the least Roach is floating the accusations to try and get inside Margarito’s head. Given the way Margarito folded against Mosley following the loaded gloves incident, it’s not a bad strategy.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Was Not Focused Early in Training

On Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, we will find out if Team Pacquiao is honest or just a bunch of lying salesmen. In preparation of Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Antonio Margarito, trainer Freddie Roach (part of a controversy himself), has made it clear he’s been dissatisfied with Manny Pacquiao’s focus. In the first episode of HBO’s 24/7 series on the fight, Roach said that the time they spent in the Philippines prior to returning to LA was the worst training they ever had. Roach said he remembered times when Manny never missed a day of training, but this time around he was busy focusing on other things and even missed sessions.

Freddie even made another reference to Pacquiao’s lack of focus early in training during his pre-fight press conference. “A little bit of a different training camp this time. I think Manny spoils us. Usually he’s ready for a fight after three weeks of training. This time, it took us a little bit longer because Congressman Manny Pacquiao had his mind on congress a little bit too much in the Phillipines,” Roach said. “He missed his job and it was direct competition with boxing, but once we got on a plane ride home he assured me that he would get back and get focused. As soon as we got back to LA, the real Manny Pacquiao came back. Manny worked really hard for this fight.”

As for Manny, he took the opportunity to defend himself saying, “There is no problem about my training camp. The first two weeks in our training camp we had a problem because we were trying to gain weight, but the problem is I can’t move and my body feels so heavy and my speed’s gone. So I decided to maintain at 148 pounds, 147 to focus on speed.”

So, you buying any of the talk that Manny Pacquiao is unfocused or unprepared for this fight? Is any of it possible, or is it just a trick by Roach to help hype the fight and generate more fan interest? Count Antonio Margarito’s trainer, Robert Garcia, as one who thinks Freddie Roach is full of it: “This is just the stuff Freddie says to mess with our minds or hype up the fight a little.”

Manny’s win over Joshua Clottey was such a one-way beating maybe the promoters feel they have to generate more buzz by suggesting the fight will be closer than people expect. Hey, all I know is they have me somewhat curious, so the strategy must have worked.

Freddie Roach: Do Not Be Surprised if Manny Pacquiao Ends Fight in First Round

In case you missed it, we shared the video on Tuesday night of Antonio Margarito and Brandon Rios mocking Freddie Roach’s mannerisms (must check out the pics). Roach is Manny Pacquiao’s trainer and he developed Parkinson’s Disease following his boxing career. The video was pulled by the reporter who created it, but its message has not disappeared: Margarito and his crew are a bunch of childish idiots who lack respect and regard for others.

Needless to say, Freddie Roach was livid when word of the video got back to him. According to tweets by LA Times reporter Lance Pugmire (as relayed by Luke Thomas), “Freddie Roach says he’ll never again talk to Margarito and his camp based on their videotaped mocking of his Parkinson’s symptoms.” Here’s the money shot though, “Roach said it ‘shows the character’ on top of loaded-gloves scandal, and said, “don’t be surprised if this fight ends in the first round.”

Roach (and any sane-minded creature in the boxing community) already had something against Antonio Margarito for unethically loading up his gloves with plaster wraps. Now the stakes have been raised to an entirely different level since things have become personal. When Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring, he’s not fighting for himself, his fans, and a multi-million dollar paycheck; he will be fighting for the reputation of his respected trainer, Freddie Roach.

Antonio Margarito, Brandon Rios Cross Line Mocking Freddie Roach’s Parkinson’s

Antonio Margarito is preparing for his fight on Saturday in Dallas against Manny Pacquiao. Margarito has already taken a shot at Oscar De La Hoya, and now he and his team went after Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach. Informed that Roach called Margarito loading his gloves in a previous fight “attempted murder,” Margarito and boxer Brandon Rios responded by mocking Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease. Here’s the Elie Seckbach video courtesy of Bloody Elbow and Bad Left Hook:

When you have to resort to mocking a person’s mannerisms due to a disease you know you’re at a low level of intelligence. They clearly have no response to the content of Roach’s words so they have to mock him instead. I already wanted Margarito to lose. Now I hope he gets destroyed.

Interview with Oscar’s Trainer, Freddie Roach

If you want to know what to expect from the De La Hoya party tonight, check out the interview.

Here were some of the topics of conversation: I asked Freddie about signing on late to train Oscar for the fight, how the media tour impacted the training, what the biggest obstacle Mayweather will present, and what Oscar's approach will be in the fight. Check it out

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