Roach Aims Barbs At Mellow Mayweather, His Buddy Bieber

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Try as he might to inject some life into that LA presser, Freddie Roach was unable to transform the last-Wednesday hype fest into much of anything beyond a respectful dog and pony show.

“Manny asked me to be nice,” Roach admitted to me in a Tuesday phoner, after updating me on day one of sparring. “But it was so boring, I had to say something.”

Bless his soul, someone had to. Promoter Bob Arum provided some levity and Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza a hint of edge, thankfully; but it was Roach who promised his guy would dole out an arse whupping. “I thought I'd get some response back,” 'Dedham' Freddie revealed. “But Floyd gave a boring speech, and his dad wasn't allowed to speak. For sure, I thought his dad would say something. I tried to get a little action going!”

Roach was fairly disgusted with the presence of Floyd bestie Justin Bieber, he told me. “What tough guys hang with Justin Bieber?” he asked with a rhetorical flourish of disgust.

Speaking of talking, Freddie is trying to get Manny into ready-for-trash-talk mode in sparring, because Floyd will yap during a fight. So Roach is instructing guys in camp to yap a bit, don't be afraid, and not to be afraid to turn it up a notch when Manny instructs them to uncork. There won't be many witnesses to what is going on in the Wild Card, with Roach tossing everyone out, save for about five circle of trust folks. “It's the best we've ever had” in terms of a professional, chaos free atmosphere, he reported.

Roach sounds like he has Floyd's mannerisms down pat, after poring over tape hour after hour. “I know his traps. We won't fall for it, I promise.”

Roach, in fact, questions Floyd's fire for this tangle, based on his mellow manner in the last few weeks. “Show some (cajones),” the trainer challenged. “Say something at the next press conference! I mean, I love this fight!”

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-Froggy :

The odds should be getting close to even by now !


-Carmine Cas :

Floyd Sr. wasn't allowed to speak lmao. Why?


-#1 PacFan :

I would love to get my hands on Justin Beiber so I kick his freaking arse! Wasn't he singing little girly songs not too long ago. Damn wannabe!


-michigan400 :

Floyd usually plays the heel or villain role. He has been pretty quiet and I really don't care why. LOL!! Personally speaking, after this fight was announced as actually happening. I lost a LOT of interest for some reason. Looking at so many threads and articles over the years made the fight like "unobtanium" so to speak. Then once you can get your hands on "unobtanium", it no longer has the value it once had when you couldn't.


-teaser :

Iam not a Beiber fan ?but his fans though young will be exposed to the sweet science ?so that can't be bad ?hate to be Floyd though ..hanging out with the Bieb


-deepwater2 :

Floyd is always talking junk at press conferences and interviews. Floyd so far has kept quiet basically saying it's just another fight to him and it's a big fight he really wants to win. Not a fight he is going to win but a fight he wants to win. I can't remember seeing Floyd like this. Meanwhile PAC is looking very happy and confident saying Floyd's best asset is his defense. And he Is not worried about his defense and he will break his defense easily. I got in with the bookies at PAC + 300 so I'm very happy. Anything can happen but I'm liking Pac's chances more and more each day.


-The Shadow :

Floyd usually plays the heel or villain role. He has been pretty quiet and I really don't care why. LOL!! Personally speaking, after this fight was announced as actually happening. I lost a LOT of interest for some reason. Looking at so many threads and articles over the years made the fight like "unobtanium" so to speak. Then once you can get your hands on "unobtanium", it no longer has the value it once had when you couldn't.
He actually hasn't talked sh*t in a while, since before he went to jail. The only only time he sort of did it, it was contrived as f*ck and he actually sounded like he was biting AB. "I wanna have sex with my girl, stop hittin' me in my d*ck." And the only reason he did that was because he was at a press conference in a predominantly black market (DC aka Chocolate City) with 18-30 year-old attendees. (The elusive money-spending non-boxing/hip hop fan base that follows him, AB and little else.) That said, he's villain by default. Any good morality play needs a crook. Manny's such a nice guy and Floyd can come across insincere even when he's doing great deeds, which sorta paints the picture with such clarity that it captures the audience. And you make a very, very interesting point in your last sentence. I've used this metaphor before, it's like that beautiful girl in high school you wanted oh, so bad for years and she kept giving you no play. Fast forward six years, you graduated college, got a nice job. Meanwhile this high school crush is out of her prime (sounds familiar?). She dropped out, got two kids by two dudes, single mom, stretch marks all over that used-to-be-delicious booty and belly... Yet you still want it. You get it. Eh. No big deal. Wasn't that great. It was the epic chase, the anticipation, the frustration, all of that, that made it seem grandiose, which culminated in the catch. With all that pent up emotion, there's no way it could ever live up to the "fantasy." Even if she/The Fight was still at its peak level, it still never would -- and never could (barring a 1st round KO for Pacquiao) live up to the anticipation.


-deepwater2 :

He actually hasn't talked sh*t in a while, since before he went to jail. The only only time he sort of did it, it was contrived as f*ck and he actually sounded like he was biting AB. "I wanna have sex with my girl, stop hittin' me in my d*ck." And the only reason he did that was because he was at a press conference in a predominantly black market (DC aka Chocolate City) with 18-30 year-old attendees. (The elusive money-spending non-boxing/hip hop fan base that follows him, AB and little else.) That said, he's villain by default. Any good morality play needs a crook. Manny's such a nice guy and Floyd can come across insincere even when he's doing great deeds, which sorta paints the picture with such clarity that it captures the audience. And you make a very, very interesting point in your last sentence. I've used this metaphor before, it's like that beautiful girl in high school you wanted oh, so bad for years and she kept giving you no play. Fast forward six years, you graduated college, got a nice job. Meanwhile this high school crush is out of her prime (sounds familiar?). She dropped out, got two kids by two dudes, single mom, stretch marks all over that used-to-be-delicious booty and belly... Yet you still want it. You get it. Eh. No big deal. Wasn't that great. It was the epic chase, the anticipation, the frustration, all of that, that made it seem grandiose, which culminated in the catch. With all that pent up emotion, there's no way it could ever live up to the "fantasy." Even if she/The Fight was still at its peak level, it still never would -- and never could (barring a 1st round KO for Pacquiao) live up to the anticipation.
Are you saying Floyd onlys talks junk, becomes vulgar and curses because its a predominantly black market? Floyd has been vulgar to the entire market for years before and after his stint in jail.


-stormcentre :

Are you saying Floyd onlys talks junk, becomes vulgar and curses because its a predominantly black market? Floyd has been vulgar to the entire market for years before and after his stint in jail.
Love it. So . . . basically, we're saying here . . . . that Floyd whether heading in - or coming outta jail . . . don't give a rat's azz who he pissez off? Gotta love the characters in this sport (and forum). Beiber is awesome tho. Imagine if a fight broke out during one of Floyd's ring entrances that involved Beebs? Beebs would mess himself, duck and run for cover so fast - it would be hilarious.


-amayseng :

Iam not a Beiber fan ?but his fans though young will be exposed to the sweet science ?so that can't be bad ?hate to be Floyd though ..hanging out with the Bieb
Biebers fans exposed to the sweet science huh? U must not have kids these young idiots may like Bieber but that won't make them give a **** about boxing not this era of kids I have them I know


-amayseng :

Floyd Sr. wasn't allowed to speak lmao. Why?
Because he is an ignorant fool and would cross the line and bring negativity to both the ppv and Floyd u wouldn't give the keys of a Ferrari to a child would you? Some **** is just a bad idea