Freddie Roach Details His First Interaction With Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym

Published 08/09/2021, 10:30 AM EDT


Manny Pacquiao-Freddie Roach, one of the most popular boxer-trainer duos, is currently gearing up for a showdown against ‘The Truth’ Errol Spence Jr. The bout is for three welterweight world titles. Ending a hiatus of over two years from the action, Pacquiao will take on Spence Jr. on August 21, and the Filipino star is already reflecting some legendary attributes.

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Despite being 42 years old, Pacquiao’s intense training regime and impeccable fitness have allured many. Meanwhile, Freddie Roach also appears pleased with the eight-division champion’s progress in the recent camp. That said, the legendary trainer revealed his first reaction to meeting Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card gym.

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Freddie Roach said, “I remember when he [Manny Pacquiao] walked into the gym one day and he said I hit you pretty good on the mitts and he says, can we try it. And I said yeah let’s go and we went up to the ring and did a run. One round of mitts and he went over to his people and said, ‘I think we have a new trainer and I said I think I have a world champion on my hands.”

The only eight-division world champion in boxing, Manny Pacquiao, is looking towards a career-defining matchup ahead. On bagging a win over Spence Jr., he will be the first man to beat ‘The Truth’.

Besides, Pacquiao will break his own record of becoming the oldest ever welterweight champion in boxing, which he set by beating Keith Thurman for the WBA strap in 2019. However, the upcoming fight can also bring a brutal end to Pacquiao’s legendary career.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr, – The Best vs The Best

11 years younger than ‘Pac-Man’, Errol Spence Jr. is one of the best modern-day warriors on the 147 lbs roster. His unblemished resume reflects 27 wins, of which 21 have come via Knockouts. Furthermore, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t faced an elite-level southpaw in years, and Errol Spence Jr. will fill clearly fill that void on fight night.

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So, it doesn’t look to be an undemanding task for Manny Pacquiao. Going for the WBC, IBF, and vacant Ring welterweight title, Pacquiao will have to defeat an elite fighter in his prime. While the task appears to be a difficult one, victory would take ‘Pac-Man’ to new heights of stardom.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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