The legendary boxing trainer’s past experience with domestic violence fuels his training of Manny Pacquiao for the upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather.
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LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has described boxing’s May 2 megafight as “good against evil” and insists his fighter’s deep dislike of opponent Floyd Mayweather will be the deciding factor in the contest.
Roach told USA TODAY Sports that Pacquiao’s feelings toward Mayweather, which he says stem from the American boxer’s history of domestic violence, had upped Pacquiao’s intensity and motivation in training camp.
“Manny is really against domestic violence,” Roach said. “It is a big issue maybe in the Philippines for him and being a congressman he can control some of that stuff. That is a big plus for me that Manny does not like the guy, I think the killer instinct is going to come back a lot faster.”
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has been involved in seven instances of alleged physical assault, against five different women, that resulted in his arrest or the issue of a citation. In 2012, he spent two months in a Nevada detention facility for a domestic attack on Josie Harris, mother to three of his four children, that was witnessed by two of Mayweather’s sons — according to their recorded police statements.
Hostile feelings toward Mayweather run deep for Roach and Pacquiao. Mayweather released a racist Internet video rant in 2010 in which he described Pacquiao as “that little yellow chump” and said he would get him to “make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”
Pacquiao also sued Mayweather over comments insinuating Pacquiao had used performance-enhancing drugs, a case that was settled out of court. Pacquiao, who is 57-5-2 with 38 knockouts, will meet Mayweather for the WBC welterweight title and the unofficial crown as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.
Roach is a staunch activist against domestic violence, having grown up in an abusive household where he said his now-deceased father hit his mother.
“It is really hard to say these things in public, but I know (Mayweather) is a bad guy,” Roach said.
“(I see the fight as) good against evil, yes. I have even thought about bringing a couple of the metro cops from Vegas in to tell Manny how many times (Mayweather) has been arrested and how bad of a guy he is, but I decided I can’t go that far. He already doesn’t like him; I think we are OK.
“For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao, this is the first fighter he hasn’t liked. I can tell.”
USA TODAY Sports contacted Mayweather’s chief adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, to seek a response to Roach’s comments. Ellerbe did not return phone calls and text messages Tuesday.
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