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Manny Pacquiao: Does PacMan still need Freddie Roach?

Joseph Herron Updated
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Although the match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas won't officially be announced until September 8 in Beverly Hills, California, the eight division world titlist has already begun preparing for the current WBO Welterweight champion at the famed Elorde Gym in Manila.

And although Senator Pacquiao has started camp without the benefit of having Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach present, Manny seems to have everything currently under control. As seen in the attached video, the Pacman looks impressive, doing pad-drills with best friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.

(Image: Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank)

One would have to assume that after all of these years working under the tutelage of the heralded seven-time trainer of the year, the soon to be 38 year old fight legend knows how to properly prepare for a world-class opponent like Jessie Vargas, and appears to have the discipline to motivate himself.

Does Manny Pacquiao still need boxing icon Freddie Roach to be successful in the ring at this stage of his future Hall of Fame career?

According to three decade fight trainer and master boxing strategist James Gogue, absolutely.

"An experienced fight trainer assumes many more roles in a fighter's career than just teaching him the fundamentals of boxing," insists the expert boxing coach.

"You have to manage the entire camp for the fighter, which means you have to develop the right strategy and find the right sparring to work on the game plan."

"You also have to monitor his weight and work at the appropriate pace for an older fighter, so that he goes into the fight peaking at the right time."

"A knowledgeable trainer like Freddie also provides that extra set of experienced eyes that can trouble shoot any potential problems before they turn into bad habits. No, Freddie isn't going to be teaching Manny Pacquiao how to fight at this stage of his career, but his involvement in Pacquiao's camp is still a necessity if Manny wants to continue competing at the elite level."

Roach is expected to join Manny Pacquiao in camp after the fight is officially announced next week.

Senator Manny Pacquiao training for Jessie Vargas (Video)


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