FREDDIE Roach has seen Manny Pacquiao got involved in other worst situations before while in the middle of a training for a big fight.
So he doesn’t see the bid of the boxing champion for a Senate seat – and his take about same sex marriage – as one big distraction in his preparation for his April 9 match against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“It has been no distraction at all,” said Roach, speaking on the sensitive matter for the first time.
Roach has opted to keep his personal opinion on the controversial comments made by the most famous boxer of the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles that got the ire of the LGBT community around the world, especially in the U.S.
But the way the Filipino southpaw has been conducting himself the last six weeks in training camp, the 56-year old Roach believes the issue has hardly affected Pacquiao.
“He is all business in the ring, and the only thing we discuss is the fight with Bradley,” he said. “If anything, he seems to be extra motivated to perform well in this fight.”
“In boxing, Manny was an eight-division world champion. No one has ever done that. It’s like Joe Di Maggio’s record for hitting in 56 consecutive games. It will never be broken. In boxing, politics, and life. Manny has shown us that anything is possible if you work hard and have faith. He has never been confined by limits.’
Even Bradley’s trainer, Teddy Atlas, doesn’t think it will distract the Sarangani congressman in his third meeting in the ring against the 32-year-old American.
He even likened Pacquiao to fellow superstar and now retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. for thriving in an environment of chaos.
“Some people have that ability, that mental toughness, whatever you want to call it,” said Atlas, who also dabbles as an ESPN fight analyst. “Manny has exhibited the same thing.”
If ever, Bradley said he just hopes all the circus surrounding Pacquiao would not in any way hinder the promotion of their 12-round fight, set at the welterweight limit.
“All I would say is ‘Dang, I hope he’s not messing up the promotion,” said the native of Palm Springs, California.