Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has trained world champions and has been a part of many big fights, but he called the May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather, “the biggest challenge of my life.”
Roach, 55, is a Hall of Fame trainer who has been training Pacquiao for 15 years. He has also trained champions such as Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya, which has helped him be named U.S. trainer of the year seven times. Roach has endured a constant battle with Parkinson’s disease, yet he said this fight would top all of his past achievements.
"It's the biggest challenge of my career, by far," Roach said. "Floyd's undefeated. He's talented, He's unique. Here's a guy I first saw when he was five years old in the gym. And he was a good fighter then.”
Mayweather is 47-0 all time, and has knocked out his opponent 26 times, and as much as Roach respects him on the ring, it doesn’t go further than that.
"I think Manny will do the world a public service to beat this guy because he's not a good role model," Roach said.
For Pacquiao to beat Mayweather, it will take a near perfect fight from the Filipino.
"The strategy to win the fight is very complicated and very precise," Roach said. "Manny has to make the right moves at the right time to win the fight and this time there is no room for error.
"Mayweather is very good at moving and when he gets you to follow him he will walk you into shots, score points and win rounds. But he does make mistakes here and there. Not a lot, but a couple and that's something a southpaw like Manny can take advantage of."