Ahead of Manny Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight Title fight with Jessie Vargas, trainer Freddie Roach is confident the Filipino will become a World Champion again.
Speaking to Seconds Out at a media day last week, Roach discussed April’s unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao’s chances this weekend.
“That was one of the best fights I’ve seen Manny in a long time. Then when I saw him in sparring I thought he’s getting better and better. I think Manny has changed a little bit, and coming off that fight that’s why I’m very confident in this one,” said the Hall of Fame coach.
Roach has been working with Pacquiao for over 15 years, guiding the 37-year-old to become boxing’s only eight-weight World Champion.
Saturday’s clash with Vargas will be Pac Man’s first fight since becoming Senator of the Philippines. Some have questioned if he can balance boxing and politics but Roach believes this will not be an issue.
“The Senate wasn’t a problem at all. I know he has two jobs and he’s working hard, but once he comes into the gym he doesn’t care and I don’t care. We’re going to work anyway! There are no excuses there,” explained Roach.
“If someone says we lost this fight because of the Senate job that’s bulls**t. He’s ready for this fight and I feel like this is the best Manny Pacquiao we’ve seen in a long time.”
“My idea for the big picture is that he fights this fight, looks impressive and then gets one of the big fights out there whoever they may be - [Floyd] Mayweather or [Canelo] Alvarez,” he added.
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