Roach: "Not Much" About Broner Concerns Pacquiao

Freddie Roach shared his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao's fight with Adrien Broner – and a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather

January 18, 2019 - 2:40 pm

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Freddie Roach will be in Manny Pacquiao’s corner when the 40-year-old fights Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, a welcome sight for boxing fans across the world.

Roach and Pacquiao had a brief split in what has been an otherwise wildly successful marriage.

“I was worried about him doing too much,” Roach said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I said being a senator and being a professional boxer is very difficult.  I think you’ll be better to pick one or the other. I was just trying to give him advice and help him out.”

Now Roach is back to helping Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) in the ring. 

Roach, by the way, isn’t overly concerned about the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs). When asked what worries Roach about Broner skill-wise, Roach said “Not much.”

“He’s more of a counter-puncher,” Roach explained. “We’ve faced many counter-punchers in the past, and Manny knows how to deal with it. I think Manny’s punch volume will be too much for him. I think he’ll get him out of there in the later rounds.”

At 40, Pacquiao, it is safe to say, isn’t the fighter he once was. Neither is 41-year-old Floyd Mayweather.

But don’t be surprised if we see a rematch.

“I hope so,” Roach said. “I want that fight back one more time. The first fight (in May 2015), it was five years too late. It didn’t live up to what it was supposed to be. Manny threw his arm out in the fourth round, and he couldn’t use it after that round. A healthy Manny Pacquiao, I feel, can beat Mayweather.”