Pacquiao, Roach team up reunited on Christmas Eve in L.A.

  • Page Views 166
  • The long 17-year most durable and successful boxer-trainer partnership believed to have been ended early this year has been reunited on Christmas eve Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    Two days after disembarking the Philippines Airline fight that flew him and his team from Manila to Los Angeles on Saturday, the now 40-year-old senator met with Freddie Roach, his trainer of since 2001, at the latter’s Wild Card Boxing Gym where he is to complete the last month of his eight-week training regimen for his coming title fight with challenger Adrien Broner in January.

    Unlike his previous 34 fights under Roach’s tutelage, the Hall of Fame cornerman will just be acting as consultant, this time, to former pupil Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s bosom pal, who was elevated as chief trainer before his last outing against Lucas Matthysse from whom he wrested the World Boxing Association welterweight belt.

    Buboy and his team, including strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, Nonoy Neri and Roger “Haplas” Fernandez, after all, had succeeded in bringing back Pacquiao to his old murderous form in his fight against Matthysse he won via a seventh round TKO, his first since stopping, too, Miguel Cotto  in 2009 gifting himself the WBO welterweight  plum.        

    Earlier in the day, Pacquiao, who will be defending his WBA 147-pound diadem against the American title pretender, was seen doing roadwork in his favourite Griffith Park, a perilous mountainous portion of the city where he is expected to frequent as often as needed for building up his leg power.

    Although the boxer-turned fighter had dispensed with observing the Holiday[ Season to concentrate on his preparation, it wasn’t immediately known even by members of his training team whether he will push through with Tuesday’s training session normally devoted to sparring.

    “We may, or we may not, depende, kilala naman natin si Boss,” assist trainer Roger “Haplas” Fernandez told this writer chuckling in an overseas telephone conversation. “Wednesday na sa atin yung araw na yun, tapos na ang Pasko. Baka mag-ensayo. Sayang ang oras.”

    The legendary Pacquiao-Roach tandem has actually been reunited during the LA press conference hyping the January19 bout where Pacquiao announced the reunion, paving the way, too, to his return fighting in the U.S after a two-year absence.

    The split stemmed after the eight-division champ’s highly-controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in July 2017 when Roach advised Pacquiao to retire.  

    “There was some concerns Manny had in the last fight and some statements Freddie made to the media that Manny wasn’t very pleased,” Pacquiao’s former business consultant Michael Koncz was even quoted as saying then by way of explaining the decision to fire his long-time trainer.

    The Pacquiao-Roach team up started when the then unknown Filipino TKOed African Lehlo Ledwaba in the sixth round on June 23, 2001 in his first fight in the US where he annexed the second of his eight-division jewel—the International Boxing Federation bantamweight crown.

    From then followed 34 more fights, including classic matchups that gifted the Sarangani lawmaker the Ring Magazine featherweight title at the expense of Mexicanegend MarcAnonio Barrera;

    World Boxing Council super-featherweight diadem from from another Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez, WBC lightweight crown from David Diaz; International Boxing Organization/Ring junior-welterweight title from Ricky Hatton.

    World Boxing Organization welterweight hrine from Miguel Cotto; and WBC super-welterweight plum from Anonio Margarito.

    Add the WBC flyweight diadem he wrested from Thai Chatchai Sasakul on December 8, 1998, years before invading the U.S. soil for a total eight weight-division harvest. 

    By EDDIE G. ALINEA

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 17 January 2019
      14 hours ago No comment

      AWARD-WINNING FILIPINA POP SINGER FROM JAPAN, ANALYN ALMERINO, TO PERFORM IN RICHMOND ON FEB 9:YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE TICKETS

      Analyn Almerino is just 19, but she has already taken first place in two nationally televised singing competitions in Japan. On Feb 9, she will be giving a solo concert in her North American debut, at the Cultural Centre in Richmond, BC. Born in the Philippines, Analyn’s family moved ...

    • 17 January 2019
      14 hours ago No comment

      Brillante Mendoza’s acclaimed ‘Alpha’ arrives in cinemas

      The “Alpha” team, led by Mendoza and actors Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, and Baron Geisler, came in full force to support the film that had brought honor to our country in international film festivals. FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino, Solar Entertainment General Manager Butch Ibanez, SM Cinema VP for Corporate ...

    • 17 January 2019
      14 hours ago No comment

      Pacquiao in emotional homecoming fight in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand

      LAS VEGAS. It will always be the MGM Grand for Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao. In his first fight in the U.S. since 2016, Pacquiao will enter the ring at the Garden Arena of Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, where he fought his first professional fight in the U.S. “It’s nice to ...

    • 15 January 2019
      3 days ago No comment

      Pacquiao odds-on favourite in January 19 fight with Broner

      LLAMADO! Manny Pacquiao is the bookmakers’ pick to win in his January 19 fight with American boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. The site bookmaker.eu has reported that opening boxing lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook put the seasoned Pacquiao (-250 ) versus Broner ( +210 ). “The current boxing line ...

    • 13 January 2019
      4 days ago No comment

      Pacquiao vs Broner Tale of the Tape

      WBA Welterweight Championship – January 19, 2019 – Las Vegas, USA Related

    %d bloggers like this: