MACAU – Freddie Roach is so confident Manny Pacquiao will retain his world welterweight title on Sunday that he’s not about to give challenger Chris Algieri a Chinaman’s chance of pulling an upset Sunday.
Asked from range of 0-100 what he thinks about Algieri’s prospect of beating his highly-favored opponent, the outspoken trainer answered straight to the point.
“Zero,” said Roach, while gesturing the number sign with his right hand on Thursday.
Although the 54-year-old trainer credited Algieri for fighting with a `lot of heart and with a lot of balls’ especially in his title fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, whom he upset behind a 12-round split decision, Roach just doesn’t see him being in the same level as Pacquiao.
The five-time Trainer of the Year also stressed Pacquiao and Provodnikov are worlds apart.
“Ruslan is a heavy puncher, but he’s not Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is a much better boxer, much smarter, and much more experience,” he said.
Roach added he likes what he sees with the Pacman now, adding the champion has been focused and has been very ‘mean in the mitts.’
“I think he’s going to bring it out on the fight,” he said.