Wednesday, 03 December 2014 02:16

Floyd Mayweather scared of Manny Pacquiao? Trainer Freddie Roach chimes in

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Although fight fans around the world have been buzzing about a potential Mayweather/Pacquiao super fight for 2015, only one fighter within the match-up’s equation has come out and verified a genuine willingness to face his respective opponent.

That fighter is Manny Pacquiao.

Although longtime Floyd Mayweather advisor, Sam Watson, has reiterated that his friend and client desperately wants to match strengths against the sport’s only eight division world champion next year, fight fans have yet to hear anything resembling a confirmation from the mouth or keyboard of Money May.

The only item released by Team Mayweather concerning his verbal nemesis Manny Pacquiao was the now infamous “Another one bites the dust” video short, which was posted to his social media accounts last week.

But because Pacquiao has won three consecutive bouts in dominant fashion since his fourth outing against JMM, the video message didn’t carry the same resounding effect it once did several years ago.

Manny’s head trainer believes the fans understand that the Pacman has returned to his dominant form since suffering the knock-out loss almost two full years ago.

“Manny Pacquiao is definitely back,” stated to the Hall of Fame trainer in a recent interview with fight scribe Steve Kim.

“We had a great training camp for the Chris Algieri fight, his activity level was much higher, and his legs and movement was great. He was on his toes the entire fight, bouncing around and moving in and out of range like the old Manny Pacquiao. The Pacman is definitely back.”


Perhaps the performance in Macao, China was too impressive. Does the heralded boxing coach believe that Mayweather still wants to meet the Pacman in the ring after seeing such a dominant performance on November 22?

“No,” admits Freddie Roach.

“I think he’s a little worried about style match-up and Manny’s southpaw stance. I think that worries him a little bit. But I won’t say that he’s scared, because fighters aren’t scared…we don’t work that way."

"We’ll fight anybody for the right money and if the timing is right.”


The renowned boxing coach believes that Floyd may need some coaxing from the passionate fans of the sport, as well as the media who continuously cover the current events.

“I think he needs to be called out, and I think he needs to be embarrassed,” states the multiple trainer of the year award winner. “I think we need the press to get behind this. The people have to get behind it, I feel.”

Freddie also believes that now is the final opportunity to put this fight together.

After the knock-out loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, the enthusiasm for a Pacquiao/Mayweather meeting reached an all time low. But after impressive victories against Rios, Bradley, and Algieri, coupled with the surprising degree of difficultly to which Mayweather fought Marcos Maidana, interest in the proposed Mayweather/Pacquiao fight has now reached an all time high.

Roach understands the fans will completely lose interest if the fight doesn’t materialize next year.

“This is it. If Mayweather doesn’t make this fight now, it will never happen.”
 

 

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