Pacquiao motivated by Mayweather’s domestic abuse, says Roach
MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach, the longtime boxing coach of Manny Pacquiao, believes his prized pupil has hostile feelings towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. as both men is scheduled to meet in the ring on May 2 (May 3 in Manila).
Roach stressed the usually-amiable Pacquiao does not particularly like Mayweather due to the latter’s history of domestic violence, which could have triggered his valued fighter’s fierce focus in training camp for the highly-anticipated bout versus the unbeaten American boxer.
“Manny is really against domestic violence. 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,” he said in an interview with USA Today.
In June 2012, Mayweather spent two months at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for a physical altercation involving Josie Harris, mother to three of his four children.
Meanwhile, his ex-fiancée Shantel Jackson filed a lawsuit against Mayweather in September 2014, seeking damages and alleging invasion of privacy, assault, battery and defamation.
In addition, Mayweather was denied a visa going to Australia this past February on the basis of his criminal record relating to his past problems with domestic violence and his consequent 2012 jail term.
“It is really hard to say these things in public, but I know [Mayweather] is a bad guy, Roach stated. "[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.”
The seven-time BWAA “Trainer of the Year” awardee is once again putting the money where his mouth is as he expects the Filipino southpaw to knock out Mayweather.
However, the 36-year-old Pinoy pugilist has not stopped an opponent since he routed Miguel Cotto via twelfth-round technical knockout in November 2009.
Pacquiao was seen gunning for a knockout in his most recent outing five months ago, dropping previously-undefeated pugilist Chris Algieri six times before cruising to a lopsided decision victory.
“For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao, this is the first fighter he hasn't liked. I can tell,” Roach shared. – Rappler.com