Roach: Pacquiao Will Easily Beat Broner
Earlier this year, current WBA “Regular” Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach parted ways after 16 years together. But now, the two have reunited as Pacquiao prepares for his first title defense in his current championship reign.
Pacquiao will defend against Adrien Broner in the main event of a pay-per-view card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 19. Roach recently explained to ABS-CBN that while he will be in Pacquiao’s corner and help prepare him for the fight, he won’t be the one calling the shots this time.
“That would be Buboy [Fernandez]” Roach said. “Buboy did a good job with Manny in getting him ready for [Lucas] Matthysse and the result was a knockout.”
Roach also went into detail as to how he agreed to reunite with the iconic Filipino champion boxer.
“I hadn’t talked with Manny since the [Jeff] Horn fight [in July 2017], then we met up two weeks ago when he went to LA for the second stop in the press tour to promote the Broner fight,” Roach said. “We spoke for about 15 minutes. It’s up to Manny how he wants me to be involved with the team. I’m just happy to be back. He’ll be working out at the Wild Card Gym, which is like his home.
I’ll be ready to do whatever Manny wants me to do. It’s not a long training period for Manny, like eight weeks in total. We’re rushing it but Manny will be fine. There’s time to prepare. It won’t be a problem.
And while he isn’t writing off Broner’s skills and abilities, Roach feels the challenger will be no match for Pac-man.
“Manny will kill Broner,” Roach said. “You can bet your house on it. Broner tries to fight like [Floyd] Mayweather but he’s nowhere near the skill level. He even uses the shoulder-roll. Broner’s the type who can make an opponent look bad so Manny can’t take him lightly.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene