Renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who coaches World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Champion Manny Pacquiao, was honored by the WBC over the weekend for his achievements in the sport.
A report posted on PhilBoxing.com said the WBC has bestowed Roach with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Roach was handed the award during the WBC Legends of Boxing Event at the New Museum in San Bernardino, California.
Roach was unable to attend the event personally but sent his friend Miguel Salazar to receive the award on his behalf.
The prized trainer was at his Wildcard Gym training Pacquiao for his “Dream Match” with Oscar de la Hoya on December 6, 2008 at the MGM Grand at Las Vegas.
Aside from Pacquiao, Roach also worked with several famous boxers like Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Bernard Hopkins.
WBC also gave the award to 92-year-old boxing cutman (trainer), Chuck Bodak as well as another cutman Tony Rivera and announcer Carlos Avilas.
Former super lightweight champion John Montes Jr. was also was inducted to the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Organizers launched the WBC Legend of Boxing Event for the benefit of Montes’ wife, Joann, who is undergoing treatment for 4th stage breast cancer.
The proceeds from the event will help the Montes family with her medical treatment.