MANNY ON MESSAGE Roach Talks First Day of Camp At Wild Card

Freddie Roach’s kid Zou Shiming didn’t get the nod in his Saturday title fight, but Dedham Freddie isn’t fixated on the scrap, as he has bigger fish to prepare for frying. Namely, one Floyd Mayweather, a master pugilist whose record stands at 47-0. The Massachusetts-born, seven-time BWAA trainer of the year has been spending much of his free time studying Floyd and also day-dreaming about ways to beat him. Night-dreaming too, I dare say..

Roach, who turned 55 on March 5, told me on Monday night that he and Pacman worked together for the first time at Wild Card Gym, and results were encouraging. One thing that struck Roach mightily was that he really believes Pacman has been doing extra homework on how to beat Mayweather. Usually, Roach says, Manny lets Freddie do the game-planning, lets him do the video dissection. But Freddie strongly suspects that this time around, Manny has been on the YouTube, watching Floyd fights, looking for patterns of predictability to exploit. “We did six rounds on the mitts,” said Roach. “And we have the same ideas on how to fight Floyd. Usually I come up with something. But we’re on the same page.”

As much of the world knows, boxing’s two mega stars collide May 2. Roach said that the gym will be on lock-down more than usual in the lead-up, with nobody but relatives, basically, being able to get a peek at Pacman during sparring. That should start next week, for the record.

“We want to keep it private as possible,” the tutor said.

Fight fans know that over in Mayweather camp, things can sometimes get dicey, interpersonally. Floyd and his dad sometimes rub each other the wrong way. (That’s not to say that friction is neccesarily negative. Roach himself thinks that Floyd basically trains himself by now, anyway, so even if my little one was Floyd’s trainer, something tells me that “Money” would still be his usual halcyon self.) Roach, conversely, says him and Pacman are jelling tremendously. “We are so close, so comfortable. Usually, I tell a guy to do something, make an adjustment. But Manny, if he can’t adjust to something, he will tell me, and we throw it away. He’s the best guy in the world. He said to me, ‘How much do you want to get paid for this fight?’ And I said, ‘Whatever. You’ve always been very generous to me. He offered me a lot. I said, ‘You’re the best effin guy in the world.”’ They figured out Freddie’s take-home in about twenty seconds, it sounds like.

I admit I like the sound of that, as I see money as being the root of if not all evil, a goodly portion of it. “I’m happy he’s happy,” Roach said, in summation.

So far, so good. Camp in USA started out on the right foot. No drama surrounding money, or personalities, or such. It seems like both men are confident they have some insights which can get them the W. Readers, talk to me…what do you think they saw on tape that they can exploit?

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-deepwater2 :

Mike I will gladly do you a favor and take away the evil money from you, as a favor of course.:cool: In honor of money this excerpt ifs for you: ?So you think that money is the root of all evil?? said Francisco d?Anconia. ?Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? ?Let me give you a tip on a clue to men?s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. ?Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper?s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another?their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.

-#1 PacFan :

If all the reports are true Floyd is in for a fight. Manny is super focused for this fight. I strongly believe Manny can beat Mayweather. He's never been so confident about a fight before usually he says he will try his best. Floyd doesnt concern me because he doesn't throw enough punches which is why he's prolly adding a few wrinkles in his game and that's to be aggressive. My BIG question is can Manny takes Floyd's power if so that O will definitely go. Many by MD or 9th round stoppage.