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Monday, August 31, 2009

Roach slams advisers

CEBU boxing promoter Rex “Wakee” Salud said there is a reason why American trainer Freddie Roach is frustrated about the delay of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao’s training.

Pacquiao’s opponent, World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, has taken a head start in the preparations for their Nov. 14
fight in Las Vegas.

“Roach has the right to be upset because Cotto has started his training but Pacquiao hasn’t,” said Salud.

“As a trainer, Roach knows the best training for his figher. He knows the right time to start practicing. But right now, he can’t do anything because Manny is the boss,” he added.

Salud also clarified that chances of Pacquiao training in Cebu remains slim.

“The original plan was for him to start his training in Baguio but that never materialized. Will he come to Cebu? Who knows. He might, he might not. Only Manny knows what goes on in that head of his,” added Salud.

In a boxing website, Roach expressed his frustration, especially towards Pacquiao’s advisers Atty. Franklyn Gacal and Michael Koncz.

“I am pissed and I am tired of these guys. They treat me like shit,” said Roach in boxing website insidesports. ph.

Roach added Gacal and Koncz are the ones who benefit the most in the financial aspect if Pacquiao wins.

Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser was also quoted in boxingscene.com saying that Roach is only the trainer and not the manager.

“I know what’s best for my fighter,” said Roach.

In another website Koncz said Pacquiao’s fans have nothing to worry about it because Pacquiao will finish all his obligations in the Philippines by Sept. 5 and can then start training. ESL of Sun.Star SuperBalita.


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