Freddie Roach has continued to play mind games with Floyd Mayweather by insisting that he wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled out of the bout with Manny Pacquiao.
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Mayweather and Pacquiao are set to finally settle their rivalry on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is being billed as the biggest fight in boxing history.
Both men look in great condition after hard training camps, and with just over two weeks to go until fight night, the countdown will continue as the anticipation grows ahead of what is expected to be a thrilling encounter between two of the pound-for-pound greats of the sport.
After Mayweather had his media workout on Tuesday, it was Pacquiao’s turn on Wednesday, and reporters got what they came for from Roach as he continued to stoke the fire ahead of the fight.
While Pac-Man’s trainer discussed various aspects of the fight, he insisted that he has been working on a game-plan for Mayweather for a number of years and believes he has the formula to defeat him.
Roach insisted that the Filipino has been in a different zone in training camp and is more determined and focused this time round, as he has even spent time watching tape of Mayweather’s previous fights against southpaws and has identified areas where he believes he can exploit his weaknesses.
However, the sound bite that stuck for most was Roach’s comments on how Mayweather may well opt to pull out of the fight before May 2 as it isn’t a bout that he ever really wanted.
“Manny is better than ever, his attitude is different and I’ve never seen him work this hard. His speed is faster, his punches are harder. I’m really happy where he’s at. His legs look great; he’s on his toes all the time,” Roach said, as reported by Boxing Scene.
“I don’t believe that Floyd ever wanted this fight, he was forced to take it by the public and the media. I wouldn’t be surprised if Floyd pulled out now.”
Given what’s at stake, it is highly unlikely that Mayweather will back out now as he has worked too hard ahead of what will be the biggest fight of his life as he looks to improve to 48-0 in his professional career.