FREDDIE Roach is not worried about security matters in Mindanao as Manny Pacquiao’s training camp for his coming title fight with Jeff Horn shifts to General Santos next week.
The renowned trainer said he feels secured just being around the boxing champion and senator, who decided to push through with his training down south despite Mindanao being put under Martial Law recently by President Rodrigo Duterte following the siege of Marawi City by the Maute militant group.
“I don’t know where more people are killed here or there? I mean, I’m talking the truth, right?,” said Roach on Saturday, just a day after a lone gunman attacked the Resorts World Hotel Manila that killed 38 people.
“Is it scary there? Are you guys scared?," he continued, adding that security in the nearby hotel where he currently stays had already been tightened.
The 38-year-old reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion trained at the Elorde gym at the Five E-Com Bldg inside the Mall of Asia Complex on Saturday as his team will be leaving for GenSan on Sunday.
“I never have doubt in this people,” said Roach “And they say where Manny lives in General Santos is a couple of miles away from where the trouble is.”
Prior to departing for GenSan, Pacquiao sparred for eight rounds including against new sparmate George Kambosos Jr from Australia.
The 23-year-old native of Sydney, New South Wales, unbeaten in 12 fights including six by KOs, went at work right away by going three rounds with the Filipino boxing great. Mexican Adrian Young also did three rounds, while Filipino Leonardo Doronio provided two rounds of sparring.
Roach said the team will be bringing three sparmates in GenSan, including the two foreign fighters.
“He’s getting better, he’s getting better,” said Roach at the end of the sparring, which was witnessed by a big weekend crowd that included two-time PBA Press Corps Finals MVP Chris Ross of San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra’s Joe Devance.