Freddie Roach has revealed that advisor Al Haymon is offering sparring parters lined up for Manny Pacquiao more money than him to stay away.
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Pacquiao has begun training for his super-fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas, but it appears as though he is having difficult drafting in sparring partners that will give him a good indication of what it is like to face his rival in the ring.
According to trainer Roach, boxing manager and advisor Haymon who works with Mayweather, is paying fighters more money than him to stay away from the gym and avoid giving Pacquiao help in figuring out how to deal with Floyd stylistically.
If that is the case, then it is certainly a cheap shot from the Mayweather camp who seemingly have insecurities ahead of the highly anticipated bout between the two pound-for-pound kings of boxing.
“I’m hiring sparring partners, Al Haymon’s people calls them up and offers more money for them not to come. [But] I’m not worried about those guys,” Roach said, according to Boxing Scene.
“We’ve got four really good sparring partners for Manny for this fight, Mayweather look-alikes.
“We started out game plan five years ago but we changed it a little bit. Definitely there will be some adjustments. I’m confident that we’ll win the fight and this will be the biggest fight night of our lives.”
Roach went on to praise Mayweather and described him as “the most talented fighter that we’ll ever face”, but he is confident that Pacquiao will go through the correct preparation to put himself in the best possible position to inflict a first loss on the American.
With sparring being such a vital part of that preparation, it remains to be seen whether or not Roach can draft in the right individuals. Although it is arguably fairly difficult for any man to duplicate the threats posed by Mayweather or Pacquiao regardless.