Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach called the May 2 fight between the Filipino and Floyd Mayweather as good vs evil, saying Pacquiao would use Mayweather’s history of domestic violence as motivation.
Mayweather has been accused seven times of domestic violence from five different women and received a citation or was arrested each time. He even spent two months in a detention facility for a domestic attack on the mother of three of his four kids.
"Manny is really against domestic violence," Roach said. "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.
Roach continued, "(I see the fight as) good against evil, yes.
“For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao, this is the first fighter he hasn't liked. I can tell," he added.
These two have had some history of going back and forth. Mayweather posted a video in 2010 where he called Pacquiao “that little yellow chump,” and that he would just get him to “make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”
Mayweather also made some comments insinuating Pacquiao used performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao sued Mayweather for the comments, and the case was settled out of court.
Roach has also known Mayweather since the boxer was 5 years old, but still doesn’t see him as a good role model.
"I said to Floyd one day, 'Don't you think you should be a better role model?’” Roach said. "'Like it or not, you are a role model because people look up to you and kids in your neighborhood look up to you and they want to be like you. But the way you act on TV — I wouldn't want my kid to be like you.'"
Pacquiao is using all of this to motivate him during his preparation but we will have to wait until May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to see if he can use that same motivation on the ring when it counts.