Freddie Roach believes Manny Pacquiao already has the advantage if Floyd Mayweather opts to have Floyd Sr in his corner on May 2 in Las Vegas.
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Mayweather has chosen to have his father in his corner for the super-fight as opposed to his uncle Roger Mayweather, and Roach is adamant that it will make a huge difference in the bout.
“My whole thing is, Floyd’s not going to have his best cornerman in his corner because there’s no question in my mind that Roger is the better trainer,” Roach told Yahoo Sports.
“Floyd got 90 per cent of his wins with Roger working with him. Roger is way better. I think Floyd Sr is a terrible cornerman, I really do.
“That’s going to work to our advantage on fight night because in the corner, I’m not going to be nervous and I’ll be able to calmly talk to Manny and make whatever adjustments we have to make.
“But Floyd Sr can’t get his message out in that minute period. He gets so excited and worked up and he starts to stutter so he can’t give his fighter any useful information.”
Roach paid tribute to Mayweather for the fact that he is a natural born fighter and is predominantly fighting on his own at this stage of his career given his experience in adjusting to his opponents during fights and using his own boxing IQ.
However, he believes that in such a big event and tight fight, it will be of paramount importance to have someone in the corner to give good advice in order to swing the momentum back in their favour.
Mayweather will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 48-0, and is a strong favourite to do so. However, it remains to be seen whether or not Roach is right and Floyd Sr is an issue in between rounds as the two pound-for-pound kings put it all on the line with the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles at stake.