Freddie Roach is all pumped up to start Manny Pacquiao’s training camp at his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, but he just had one thing to say if ever Justin Bieber would want to train under his wings.
TMZ sports caught up with Roach when they landed in Los Angeles and the Hall of Fame trainer was asked if he would train Bieber, who is also getting into boxing and was so outspoken rooting for his friend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Pacquiao’s last fight.
“No. I don’t train girls,” Roach said.
With weeks ahead of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Roach tells Top Rank correspondent Crystina Poncher that they have started with the sparring training and they look to continue the sparring sessions leading up to the third fight against Bradley.
“We have two sparring partners for him, one from Canada and one from Philadelphia. But I have two more in the gym right now…Frankie Gomez and Jose Ramirez. They are four really good guys,” Roach added.
Frankie Gomez is an undefeated Mexican-American boxer who was signed up Oscar dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and has an impressive resume of 20 wins with 13 by knockouts. He fight is the welterweight and light welterweight divisions.
Jose Ramirez, on the other hand, is also an undefeated fighter in the light welterweight class he also boasts of an unblemished record of 14 wins with 11 via knockout.
Roach also predicted that Pacquiao will gun for a knockout in what the “Philippine Pride” calls as his last fight and he also related that the one year lay off from Pacquiao’s shoulder injuries did not seem to bother his ward.
“It took a while for it to get going…but the time and distance is getting there. He gets better every day…we had a great boxing today and we box in rounds…it was a good day. I’m very happy with the results…we get off today and start again on Monday. I’m really excited for the fight and Manny is looking for a knockout,” Roach explained.
He also had some words for Bradley’s trainer Teddy Atlas. Roach stated that the ESPN announcer is a good story teller and likes acting but they should be ready come fight night as they will drop bombs on Bradley.
“We had a strong camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning, and very motivated. The real business begins for us on Monday at Wild Card. We have great sparring waiting for Manny. I know that ESPN announcer [Teddy Atlas] who is coaching Bradley is a good story teller and likes acting. Let’s see how well they do when we go off script and hit them with a dose of reality TV. Playing ‘fireman’ isn’t going to protect them from the nuclear assault Manny will be launching,” Roach said over ringside.
The third edition of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight series will be on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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