Freddie Roach acknowledged he won’t be calling the shots out of Manny Pacquiao's corner when Pacquiao fights Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on January 19.
“That would be Buboy (Fernandez),” he said in an interview with Joaquin Henson posted on Philboxing.com. “Buboy did a good job with Manny in getting him ready for (Lucas) Matthysse and the result was a knockout.”
Roach reunited with Pacquiao following a falling out with the boxer after he lost to Jeff Horn in 2017. Pacquiao hired Roach as a consultant.
“I hadn’t talked with Manny since the (Jeff) Horn fight (in July last year), 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. 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,” said Roach.
“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.”
Roach said he believes Pacquiao will be too much for Broner, who has been regarded as a copycat of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Manny will kill Broner,” he 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.”
This doesn’t mean Pacquiao should underestimate “The Problem.”
“Broner’s the type who can make an opponent look bad so Manny can’t take him lightly.”
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