Freddie Roach on Floyd Mayweather: “I think it’s more important for him to stay undefeated than fight the best guy out there”

September 2, 2010 – 11:00 am by Chris Fedor

It has been nearly two years since talks about a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight started and yet the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport have yet to get inside the ring to settle the argument. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has blamed Manny Pacquiao and asked him to meet all of his crazy demands. Conversely Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach have continued to blame Money May for this fight not happening. I have no idea who is to blame here, but it seems like the Pacquiao camp has met every demand that Mayweather has put in front of them and yet this fight is still not scheduled. It’s the only fight in the sport that I want to see right now and it’s what all boxing fans want to see. Unfortunately, instead of seeing Manny Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao is going to step in the ring with Antonio Margarito on November 13th in a fight that really not too many people care about.

Freddie Roach joined Into the Night with Tony Bruno to talk about Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight against Antonio Margarito, whether or not he will inspect Margarito’s gloves, whether or not he thinks a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will happen, how long Pacquiao will remain fighting for, and what he thinks about James Toney losing to Randy Couture.

On whether or not he was surprised Antonio Margarito was cleared:

“There were some other states out there that were willing to give him a license and so forth. Nevada really didn’t turn him down. They said they would make a decision after he applies in California. I knew someone was going to take this fight because the economy is bad all over the world. Let’s face it, this is gonna generate a lot of attention and a lot of money to where it goes and Dallas was smart enough to do it.”

On whether or not someone will inspect Margarito’s gloves:

“Of course and that will be me. If he was loaded in the (Miguel) Cotto fight I blame the Cotto camp for not doing their job. Let’s face it, you have that right when you’re in a world title fight. You watch him wrap, put his hands in his gloves, and make sure it’s up to par. No one would get away with that with me anyway because I don’t trust anyone in this sport. The thing is, even when I checked Oscar De La Hoya’s wraps and then I put my hands inside his gloves, his trainer was like ‘what are you doing?’ I said checking my gloves. They said ‘you don’t trust Oscar?’ I said again I’m doing my job. I don’t trust anybody and I don’t take anything for granted.”

On why he think Mayweather won’t fight Pacquiao:

“I think he just wants that zero on his record. As long as he’s undefeated he can argue and say he’s the best fighter ever, he’s as good as Sugar Ray Robinson and so forth, and he can make that argument as long as he doesn’t have that loss on his record. I think it’s more important for him to stay undefeated than fight the best guy out there. It’s a shame and I hope the fight will happen but I’m worried about that because the only thing that can get him motivated is money and they offered him 40 million dollars. If that’s not enough money I don’t know what is.”

On whether or not Pacquiao will remain driven to fight even though he is 31 and is now a congressman in the Philippines:

“He really is driven. He trains harder now than when he first started off because he doesn’t want to disappoint his countrymen, he wants to win for his country, put the Philippines on the map, and his work ethic is better now than it was when I first got him. He trains like an animal and the only thing that changed lately is his name. He’s going to be congressman Manny Pacquiao, but he still knows what he does best and that’s fight. And that’s what he’s going to be on November 13th.”

Listen to Freddie Roach with Tony Bruno on Into the Night here (Aduio begins 22:40 into the podcast)

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  1. 37 Responses to “Freddie Roach on Floyd Mayweather: “I think it’s more important for him to stay undefeated than fight the best guy out there””

  2. Mr. Roach said it right to the point that Floyd is Scare Straight of Mr. Manny Pacquiao… He wants to preserve that zero.. In reality, Floyd knows that he can’t beat Mr. Manny Pacquiao… His whole families, friends, trainers, managers and promoters knows that the Pacman is the man that can knock tha zero of his record. He is really Scared of the Small Filipino Man… I can’t believe that he is an American. We all know now that Floyd is a Yellow Belly Coward Floyd Chicken…. Period!!!

    By Myluc on Sep 2, 2010

  3. You hit it right. Why fight anybody that has the best weapon to defeat you and erase that magnificent ZERO? If you are flooooyyyd chicken, the sissy you should hide!

    By vicente bahian on Sep 2, 2010


    By Lanski on Sep 2, 2010

  5. That’s a great quote by Coach Freddie. He Gayweather is a shameless in America. The home of brave now is a home coward due to FMJ!!!!

    By sniper on Sep 2, 2010

  6. mr. freddie rouch is definitely right coz fmw just wanted to preserve his zero record knowing that he can’t beat manny pacquio…so, forget about mayweather

    By jericho on Sep 2, 2010

  7. America is the Home of the Brave EXCEPT for one Ducker.

    By Rocket Scientist on Sep 2, 2010


    By yagbolsco on Sep 2, 2010

  9. RIP floyd…

    By roger M on Sep 2, 2010


    By willy on Sep 2, 2010

  11. Looking is nothing if u have 40 million in ur pocket. I think he’s afraid of getting knocked out bad.

    By jei on Sep 2, 2010

  12. floyd’s tough guy act is old just like the unstoppable brave kid raging when somebody’s holding him back but calms down when let go.

    By ʥdizzi on Sep 2, 2010


    By JESS on Sep 2, 2010

  14. floyd Maynever vs MegaPacMonster. even of his dream of maynever are so afraid… his even have a nigthmare…..

    By shields on Sep 2, 2010

  15. MEGAPACMONSTER vs maynever… even on his dream maynever got a nigthmare to figth in the ring with PACMONSTER. HE WILL EATEN ALIVE……

    By shields on Sep 2, 2010

  16. Floyd is a Yellow Belly Coward Floyd Chicken…. yeah!…… that’s very true! now let the whole world know that its FLOYDEE & the Family name is MAYNEVER. HE HE HE HE

    By Bee-You on Sep 2, 2010

  17. Coach Freddie Roach just like Congressman Pacquiao deserves a break talking about Mayweather Jr. Margarito although as bad as it is when he was caught red handed in that illegal hand wrapping during his fight preparation with Mosley, the fight with Pacquiao is now agreed upon, finalized and set the same in Dallas come November of this year.
    Just let FMWJ out of it, because once again he is getting another great free ride while eating his own words and sometimes injecting more vulgarity.

    By isidro on Sep 2, 2010

  18. @Jess – I disagree, America is still the home of the brave. Floyd is just a rare case. Once in a while a chicken comes out. We just have to live with it. Floyd is a chicken and and a duck. You know what i mean.

    Maayong adlaw mga bords!

    By Roughie on Sep 2, 2010

  19. Floyd’s got money. He flaunts expensive cars and watches. He has fabulous homes. But, this guy talks with “Ghetto-ese”, drinks out of a gallon jug, and whines like a bit*h whenever you mention Pacquiao. Pacquiao over Margarito by KO in rd. 8….after an entertaining fight worth paying for on PPV….unlike Floyd’s snoozefest!!!!

    By Sigmund Froid on Sep 2, 2010

  20. The good side of Mayweather that he is a psychic, he knows fully well that by refusing an engagement with Pacquiao his career and legacy will not be in jeopardy. He also senses that he cannot handle the assault of Pacquiao whenever they are both in the ring,the more he thinks of it the more he believes that it could lead him only to disastrous consequence. In his mind right now it is better to accept what other people say (well,anyway he has already received tons of that) rather than feeding him to the lion.

    By Affleap on Sep 2, 2010

  21. @jess, DON’T BE OBNOXIOUS MAN!!! it reflects on your parents…

    By ʥdizzi on Sep 2, 2010

  22. BOXING’S GREAT MOMENTS: John “The Beast” Mugabi, was a fearsome beast from Uganda, Africa. He once had a perfect record of 25-0-25KOs. He was considered to be the greatest threat to Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s fame and glory. In 1985, after disposing Bill Bradley in the 4th round for a scheduled 10-rounds fight, John “The Beast” Mugabi became the world’s No.1 Middleweight Contender to challenge the Middleweight Champion, Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Many thought that once Hagler will be hit by Mugabi’s left hook, Hagler’s night would be over.

    On March 10, 1986 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight took place. Early on in the fight Hagler already dictated the tempo by landing his combinations to head and the body of Mugabi. Mugabi on the other hand was looking for a haymaker punch to knock out Hagler. It was Hagler’s night by containing Mugabi’s strength and imposing his vast experience in the ring by teaching Mugabi a boxing lesson. On the 11th round, Mugabi was ran out of gas and fell down to the canvas by Hagler’s punches. He lost the first time and he became John “The Cub” Mugabi. After that fight, John Mugabi was never the same again. He lost 6 more fights 5 by knockouts until he retired in 1999 at the age of 38..

    By Poloy Wafuko on Sep 2, 2010

  23. Kentucky Floyd Chicken will never fight Pacman. Just look at his face whenever they mentioned the name of Pacman to him, he is Scared To Death to fight the Pound for Pound King, period.

    By Mike on Sep 2, 2010

  24. Mr. Roach said it right to the point that Floyd is Scare Straight of Mr. Manny Pacquiao… He wants to preserve that zero.. In reality, Floyd knows that he can’t beat Mr. Manny Pacquiao… His whole families, friends, trainers, managers and promoters knows that the Pacman is the man that can knock tha zero of his record. He is really Scared of the Small Filipino Man… I can’t believe that he is an American. We all know now that Floyd is a Yellow Belly Coward Floyd Chicken…. Period!!!

    By KGV on Sep 2, 2010

  25. He is just a pants that is mispelled. Dockers oh Duckers Floyd Gayweather

    By ddmana on Sep 2, 2010

  26. Gayweather, it is better for you not to fight anymore. As you die, the whole world would recognize you as ” Floyd Duck_weather, The Only One Undefeated and Self-proclaimed as The Greatest Boxer of All Times – Period.”

    The GOD-fearing Manny Pacquiao would never mind your trash-talking for everybody knows who is the Man.

    We love you Manny very much … very much … very much !!!!!!!!!

    By ahmad pj on Sep 2, 2010

  27. FMjr thinks that he is, right now, the best boxer, and the best attraction in boxing, traslated to “cash cow”, and so he included “money” in his name. It is us, the boxing fans, who made him think that way, because we keep on buying his fights, even against mediocre opponents we abhor. Now it is us who suffers when FMjr did not agree to fight the PacMan, citing reasons as drug testing and illogical purse sharing.

    So, to stop this lunacy FMjf is having right now, and to force him to face those fighter we deemed worthy, let us stop buying his fights. Then he cannot brag that he beat the best fighter out there, and he cannot brag the he earned the biggest purse there is in boxing.

    By greg page on Sep 2, 2010

  28. Don’t even think that Floyd is living up to his citizenship as a true and brave American warrior. To think about it.. Very long time ago, His ancestors were black Africans shipped from the jungles of Africa to America to become slaves of the European (white people) colonizers. Several years after America won its independence from Great Britain, the war between the states, the north and south took a heavy toll of clashing issues for which one of them was total emancipation of the black nigger slaves whose population has increased tremendously. It was only when after the Union federal govt won the civil war that the Negroes of Floyd’s kin were given and enjoyed full emancipation with the whites. Should Floyd’s mental aberration if not contained has one solution which is ….just Simply send the black chimp back to the African jungle where he rightfully belongs.
    a lot of his relatives there will be gladly entertained by his speeches because they will understand him better.

    By brittanic on Sep 2, 2010

  29. Well if Floyd did not fought the best fighter out there.

    Then he aint the best as he says he is!! period!!


  30. @ Rocket Scientist
    You are very correct, brother. USA is still a home of the braves – except one.

    By Rep. Arseng Enriquez on Sep 2, 2010

  31. Floyd I wanna say something and I hope ur reading this…u have a lot 2 lose if u do not fight Manny pacman…there’s a reason y everyone is calling u a coward and saying fucked up shyt about u…u can talk, u can say ur the best, and u can say whatever but everyone knows the truth Floyd cuz of the choices ur makin is obviously telling everyone that ur scare of losing ur zero record. Well if u don’t fight nanny, u will b a ZERO. Ur legacy will be erased, nobody will respect u and u will not be with the likes of Muhammad ali of sugar ray Robinson. They in the history books as best fighters of their era becuz they fought the best! Styles make fights! U have a gifed fighting skills and me and the rest of the world think its time to put ur skills to the text against the man who is just as gifted as u r and that’s manny!! And until u do step up the plate and face him, nobody will respect u and will never fall for ur bullshyt mouth cuz in the end Floyd, talk is cheap, action speaks WORDS!!! GIVE US THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY!!!

    By ramon on Sep 2, 2010

  32. Roach knew that Gayweather is afraid coz he did it with Golden Boy. Chicken Floyd retired when the rematch with Golden Boy was being made. It would have broken all records and it would have been bigger than Floyd-Pacman, not only that because they are both Americans but also Golden Boy was the PPV king at that time.
    The decision was a split decision becuase GB lost steam in the 11th and 12th round. That is not going to happen with Pacman. And the whole Floyd team knows that


    By Jason B. Ochoa on Sep 2, 2010

  33. Like what Michael Marley just said, Floyd Mayweather already lost his mind. That will make Floydie more dangerous in and outside the ring. His obsession to his zero coupled with his fear to the PacMan, “Mayweather has now officially gone insane”.

    By Nap on Sep 2, 2010

  34. The genius and extraordinary mind of Freddie Roach in the science of boxing plus the skill, power and good work ethics of Pacman is just too much, scary for FMWJR to take…The way to cope up is to give non sense alibi and RUNNNN.

    By May on Sep 2, 2010

  35. It is clear.Floyd Gay/Duckweather is afraid of Manny and doesn’t want to have a stain on his record.He doesn’t have any convincing reason since he knows that Manny will beat him especially with Pacman’s recent impressive victories.He is all talk and nobody respects him anymore.

    By Nald on Sep 3, 2010

  36. people…dont insist on feeding the chicken to the lion…mayweather is very chewable for the pacman.

    By jurim on Sep 3, 2010

  37. A little note for floydfans:

    You’re all IMBECILES for blaming Pac when everything has gone awry with the supposed match vs PBFjr! You just can’t think straight, or maybe your birdbrains are full of chickendungs!

    By jimmcfarland on Sep 3, 2010

  38. what the hell is zero when everybody calls you coward. nightmare after nightmare is what floyd gaynever continue to take when heard the name of pacquiao. he is so allergic and scare of this guy. that’s why he was and still makes excuses and accusations. maybe some foolish people will listen to him and cover his ass.

    By hell yeah on Sep 3, 2010

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