Roach Considers Broner Undisciplined
Heading into the final day of their training camp on Monday, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach feels his fighter is ready to prove age is nothing but a number against Adrien Broner.
“On Saturday night, Manny will prove that life begins at 40. It’s not just his age, but also the number of times he will have won a fight by knockout. I’m definitely playing that number in Las Vegas,” Roach told reporters of the WBA “regular” welterweight fight set for January 19th..
“Manny’s power, strength speed, and smarts are still at an ultra elite level. Our only concern this past week has been overtraining. We don’t want him to peak too soon. His work ethic in the gym is unparalleled. He is totally focused on destroying Broner. No one in boxing will outwork Manny in the ring. He’s boxing’s version of Nolan Ryan. Ryan was throwing no hitters and leading the league in strikeouts after age 40. Manny still throws the heat like he did in his 20s and 30s.
Roach feels a litany of issues hamper Broner from being a member of the boxing elite, mainly rooted in his lack of discipline.
“Even at 29, Broner is too old to keep blowing up in weight between fights. It’s taken a toll on his body and his psychology,” Roach continued. “He should be fighting at 135 or 140 pounds, but he lacks discipline. It’s obvious to me he has no confidence in his conditioning. There is no way he is going to go for it against Manny because he’s afraid he’ll run out of gas too early in the fight.
“Broner may fight to survive and try to lay traps for Manny to come in so he can counterpunch Manny, but we’re prepared for that. Manny still plays basketball for up to four hours at a time. There is no way Broner will be able to keep up with Manny’s conditioning and stamina. Throughout training camp Manny has said he wants the knockout. I love hearing him say that. He’s never said that before. Manny is going to shoot the works on Saturday night. Look for a vintage performance. A heroic performance.”
Initial Report: PhilBoxing