Freddie Roach Says That Floyd Mayweather is the Only Challenge for Manny Pacquiao

November 3, 2010 – 10:50 am by Chris Fedor

The last time that Antonio Margarito was inside a boxing arena he was found with an illegal knuckle pad in his hand wraps before a fight with Shane Mosley. After he was found cheating, he was forced to stay away from boxing for a year and it was uncertain whether or not he would actually fight again. However, after failed attempts to get Manny Pacquiao in the ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pacquiao’s camp had to find a new opponent and fighting against Margarito is really the only thing that makes sense at this point in time. Margarito has been looking for a shot to just get back in the ring and now he’s going to step between the ropes against arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the sport. While I don’t think he’s going to be able to win this fight against Pacman, the fact that he is back in the sport after being caught cheating is a step in the right direction for Margarito.

Freddie Roach joined ESPN Radio in LA with Andrew Siciliano and Mychal Thompson to talk about the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, how good his training camp was, what problems Margarito presents to Pacquiao, whether or not he is concerned with Margarito when he gets wrapped, and if he expects the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to happen.

On having a bad training camp:

“We had maybe our worst training camp ever. We’ve never had a bad one and comparative-wise it’s probably better than most people’s training camps. Manny missed one day because the President wanted to meet him and I was little pissed off about that. I told the President he can see him on his own time, not mine. We’re back on track. As soon as we got to LA, the focus was 100 percent better. We went 15 rounds yesterday with no rest period. He knows what he has to do and he assured me that I will not disappoint you. He’s on fire right now. I slept great last night because he really got his focus, there’s no politics here in America for him, and no problems at all.”

On whether or not Manny Pacquiao has lost a step:

“Not yet and I’m amazed by that. Going for his eighth world title and all these different weight classes I thought his speed may be affected by his growth also. He has power at this weight and his speed is as great as always.”

On the size of Margarito and whether or not that will be a problem:

“The reach advantage is easy to take away. It’s all about the distance and we’ve got the distance and timing of our shots down. The thing is speed is going to win this fight. Manny is going to hit him four or five punch combination and get out. Margarito is going to be swinging wide. You can beat him down the middle all night long. He’s wide with all his punches. He can’t throw a straight punch if he had to. His footwork is terrible and we will take advantage of that. I’ve studied him quite a bit. He’s a tough guy. He’s got a good chin and that’s his best asset. Overall his boxing skills, he can’t hang with my guy.”

On whether or not he will monitor Margarito when he gets wrapped:

“I’ll be right on top of it. I don’t trust anyone in this sport. They’ll be no mistakes. I will be in the dressing room the whole time he’s wrapping his hands and that won’t be a problem.”

Whether or not the Mayweather fight will happen:

“I hope so because that is the biggest challenge in the world for us. Mayweather, he’s a little crazy and all that, but he can fight. He’s a good boxer and I just hope that fight happens because that’s the only challenge out there. I feel if he doesn’t come to the table that we might have no options and Manny might just go to Politics and get out of boxing because Maywehather won’t fight him. He’s the only real challenge out there that I can see at this point. I hope that fight happens as bad as you do. A lot of people want to see us kick his ass too and we will do that.”

Listen to Freddie Roach on ESPN Radio in LA here (Audio begins 20:25 into the podcast)

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  1. 27 Responses to “Freddie Roach Says That Floyd Mayweather is the Only Challenge for Manny Pacquiao”

  2. Bring on Floyd!

    By Ron Acoba on Nov 3, 2010

  3. Coach Freddie be careful Margarito may resort to coming at the weigh in 154 lbs over the agreed catch weight. He might do it just like what Mayweather did to Marquez!

    By Pol Canonce Barugo, Leyte PH on Nov 3, 2010

  4. The last time that Antonio Margarito was inside a boxing arena was against Garcia.

    By puto on Nov 3, 2010

  5. Confidence is the key to winning fights. Roach is just realistic and scientific in his speculation
    that this is the worst training Pac had but he will still overcome Margacheato easily despite his height and reach and solid elongated chin. Pac is twice as fast as Mosley. The only way Pac could lose is if Margacheato cheats and fights dirty.
    Otherwise, 8th title is written in stone.

    By boxmeister on Nov 3, 2010

  6. Freddie is the GREAT !

    By freddie on Nov 3, 2010

  7. Even a non-boxing expert like me saw it too. Margarito is too slow for Pacquiao. I watched Tony’s last three fights. I agree, Tony doesnt utilize his size and reach advantage. He relies on his chin and he loves to throw hooks and wide punches. Pacquiao is too illusive and too quick for Margarito. I say, Tony will be frustrated though out the fight, bruised and battered, he’ll give up in the later rounds, win Pacquiao by TKO or Majority descision.

    By Kixta on Nov 3, 2010

  8. Manny looks so small….Margarito is fighting for his life and honor here….Manny should bring that speed….

    By delpilar on Nov 3, 2010

  9. Margarito has granite chin. But if Manny hits him with a left or right hook at point zero of either side of his bearded chin, he’s gonna go down!

    By bbtroy on Nov 3, 2010

  10. yes, im leaning towards Pacquiao winning this contest via KO. Margarito will either quit or KO’d. The worst that can happen is via UD.

    Margarito is one tough nut to crack and if Pacquiao will bring his A game once again, we will see another spectacular show from the Pacman.

    By ben kisla on Nov 3, 2010

  11. it will be a great fight…fun to watch…who ever wins the fight for sure the fans gonna love it..peace!!

    By eazy_money on Nov 3, 2010

  12. well, Margarito has a good chance to win this fight..not just he is taller than Pacman but he prefer this fight 3x or more harder than Pacman..but i will still bet a few hundreds in favor of Pacman..he is my idol anyway

    By hinunangan on Nov 3, 2010

  13. Bring on Floyd the Gayweather! pacman gonna kiss his ass….real bad…

    By Steve Rey on Nov 3, 2010

  14. I agree that Floyd is the only challenge for Pac right now. Margarito has a superb chin and stamina but he is too slow ! I can see him go down in this fight maybe in the 11th. The other fighters that Pac can fight are Berto and Bradley, that is if they are willing to shorten their career. Sergio and Paul are way too big for Pac, its not gonna happen.

    By warvet on Nov 3, 2010

  15. PACQUIAO BY LATE KO!!! Plain and simple.

    By Ponsicus on Nov 3, 2010

  16. The only thing I am afraid of is when Bob Arum, Margarito and Pacquaio would place their bets on Margarito. Remember that the odd is big. What I mean is that they could control the outcome of the fight considering that Arum is the promoter of the two boxers. They could even earn more if they bet on a particular round they themselves will choose.

    By Sonny on Nov 3, 2010

  17. Pacquiao will make Margarito looks more bad than Dela Hoya. It’s another “missing, missing of the night”. And if Antonio will push hard with his chin up, he will suffer another Hatton style tragedy.

    By new era on Nov 3, 2010

  18. Lil’ Floyd has slowed down, is older, and too scared to face the Pacman. He would rather beat women. After seeing Khan beat Pacquiao in sparring, Lil’ Floyd will duck him too.

    By jbli on Nov 3, 2010

  19. I would not be surprised at all if the fight will end up in a split decision or a draw. Bob Arum will make sure that Pacquiao has some alternative opponents in case the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will not prosper.Bob Arum has so many options to make being the promoter of these two boxers.Certainly, he will reap a lot of money in this fight as well as in the future negotiations based on the outcome of this fight alone.

    By Sonny on Nov 3, 2010

  20. I predicted this fight with Margarito will last like Ricky Hatton fight. Margarito will called Margachito fall down….

    Mayweather must fight! if hes not He will be called no weather. “a bad weather”

    By Rolan Ordoño on Nov 3, 2010

  21. if AM is over weight, the fight is off. that is accourding to roach. pac cant affort to take the risk.

    By sucker punch on Nov 3, 2010

  22. Coach fredie was right. from all the stories written why the fight between pacman and mayweather would never happen is because floyd is ducking. he skillfully crafted a move together with people around him to create things or actions so the fight wont go.. and obviously, here are some: 1) Floyd made a next to impossible demand of Olympic drug test. 2) That as possible he wants more cases will be filed against him. so that he has to defend them in court for a much longer period even if it cost him into jail. . the better because his “zero” record will ultimately be lock in jail forever and not get name floyd crafted actions that eventually figures him a cases in court are; a) Floyd accused pacman of drugs. in return a case was filed against him. thus at this stage Floyd can’t fight pacman b) Floyd made again a racist comment to pacman..and so he expect a case to be filed against him so that he’ll have to defend it in court thus at this stage Floyd can’t fight pacman. c) Floyd skillfully crafted to create domestic violence against his girlfriend. so he expect another case will filed against him. thus at this stage Floyd can’t fight pacman because he intentionally wantS to go to jail to protect the “ZERO”.

    By kennedy enriquez on Nov 3, 2010




    By yoda on Nov 4, 2010

  24. peace be with you manny.

    Ako po masugid na nakapagsubaybay ngbawat laro mo sa bawat hakbang mo ay ginamit ko bilang halimbawa sa mga kabataan.Mabuahay at manalo ka


    William B. Banzali
    Youth Organizer
    Panabo City

    By William B.Banzali on Nov 4, 2010

  25. Manny malakas ka sa davao del norte si Si Former Congressman Tony Boy Floirendo at Congressman Anton Floirendo Lagdameo,Jr. ay nagsponsor ng live coverage ng iyong fight ngayong november 14, Sa pamamagitan nila na magtiyuhin mapanood ka sa mga kababayan natin ng libre.Galingan mo ipagdasal ka namin dito sa Barangay Una Boxing Club dito sa Panabo


    William B. Banzali

    By William B.Banzali on Nov 4, 2010

  26. margarito has a granite chin but the pacman has an :iron drill” hands

    By kupal on Nov 5, 2010

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