MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach has identified the one man whom he believes can make a difference in the training camp of American slugger Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.
In a report by Dennis Principe that appeared on Boxing Scene, Roach said Eduardo Garcia, the father of trainer Robert Garcia, is the person to watch out for in terms of preparing and teaching Rios for his November showdown against Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
“I don’t fear anyone, but if I have to say who’s got the most boxing knowledge in that camp, it’s the father,” said Roach, referring to the 70-year-old Eduardo who trained both Robert and younger son Mikey.
“His dad is a very knowledgeable boxing person. I respect him a lot,” said Roach. “I’m sure he’s helping his son in watching tapes and come up with a better game plan.”
Roach believes that Eduardo can help in adding more variety to Rios’ game plan, as the former lightweight champion is primarily known as a come-forward fighter who likes to keep on pressuring his opponents.
“The father is the one who can actually change his game plan, that’s why I have boxers who do different punches,” said Roach. “I try to think ahead of him and be ready for whatever he may bring.”
Roach noted that Eduardo is “more of a counter-punching teacher” and helped greatly in improving his son Mikey, who has won 32 consecutive fights and is a former featherweight champion.
“Mikey was kind of a raw, tough guy when he was with (older brother) Robert, then he went to his dad and he became a better boxer,” said Roach.
“I think the Dad is more of a technician than maybe me, because I’m a little bit more on the offensive side,” he added.
Roach is currently in General Santos City, where he has taken over the training camp of Pacquiao.