Roach To Thurman: “We Will Destroy You”
While he and Buboy Fernandez are working together heading into July 20th, Freddie Roach is still considered “the boss” in Manny Pacquiao’s training camp.
With Fernandez handling a fair share of duties heading into Pacquiao’s fight with Adrien Broner, Roach will be running the training camp for the WBA “super” welterweight showdown against Keith Thurman.
“It’s going to be co-trainer,” Roach told BoxingScene.com Wednesday about his official title. “I’ve always been the head trainer. I did miss one fight and then (Pacquiao) asked me if Buboy could work the middle (for the Broner fight), but I’m still the boss. I’m still the one who runs the training camp.
“He’s (Fernandez) never worked the middle, so just wanted to give him some experience, but since we’re in a real tough fight this time I feel, I will be in the middle.”
At Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles, Thurman took aim at Pacquiao’s less than advantageous reach against the lanky champion.
“Manny Pacquiao has T-Rex arms,” Thurman said. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed that, he has those little T-Rex arms. He had a hard time beating up Jeff Horn, and he thinks he’s going to beat up Keith Thurman.”
“We’re going to destroy you,” Roach said at the podium while pointing at Thurman.
“Not the perfect style, but the thing is it’s a good style,” Roach said about the matchup with Thurman.
“He can punch, he can move a little bit, but can he keep up with Manny Pacquiao? I don’t think so. Manny has a lot of speed over him. He’s much faster with his footwork and his hand speed. We’ll see how it goes.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene