Pacquiao to face 4 Floyd 'look-alikes' in sparring
Freddie Roach is glad that the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather superfight is pushing through.
This is because he started plotting Pacquiao's strategy against “Money May” more than five years ago, when the possibility of pitting the two fighters first surfaced.
“We started our game plan five years ago but we changed it a little bit. Definitely there will be some adjustments. I'm confident that we'll win the fight and this will be the biggest fight night of all our lives,” Roach told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo.
The 7-time Trainer of the Year admitted that Mayweather is a very intelligent boxer.
He added that the unbeaten American will be the toughest challenge in Pacquiao’s career.
“The guy is undefeated, he's a very good boxer and he's the most talented fighter we'll ever face. He's tricky also... he's intelligent as a fighter. I believe we need to fight the perfect fight,” said Roach.
But he pointed out that styles make fights and that Pacquiao has the upper hand in this kind of bout.
“Speed movement, power... We may need to be aggressive at times because our opponent likes to run a lot, but we will find him,” he said. “It's not going to be easy. But styles make fights and I think I have the right guy for this fight.”
Part of their strategy is employing sparring partners who will mimic Mayweather’s moves.
This way, Roach said, Pacquiao will get used to a defensive-oriented opponent.
But this early, they have been sensing that Mayweather’s camp is playing dirty tricks on them.
“I'm hiring sparring partners, Al Haymon's people calls them up and offers more money for them not to come. [But] I'm not worried about those guys,” said Roach.
“We got four really good sparring partners for Manny for this fight, Mayweather look-alikes.”