LEAVE it all up to the great Freddie Roach to spice things up.
As Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were cordial towards each other in the press conference for their May 2 showdown, the legendary trainer was vocal enough to say how his top fighter will beat the lights out of the undefeated American champion once they finally get in the ring.
“We’re fighting the best fighter in the world. And we’re gonna kick his ass,” said the 55-year-old Roach, drawing laughter from the audience, including a total of 700 accredited media men worldwide that attended the less than hour proceedings inside the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
“I’m sorry, but good luck Floyd.”
Ever since Pacquiao became a global icon following his 2008 conquest of Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather has already been on the radar of Roach, the eight-time Trainer of the Year.
But somehow, issues and personal egos prevented the richest and biggest fight of the century from happening until finally, the stars found a way to align and made the improbable possible.
Like a kid getting his first candy bar, Roach expressed how thrilled he is that the much-awaited fight has finally become a reality.
"I love challenges. This is the biggest challenge of my life. It’s finally here. It’s finally in front of me. I’ve been looking forward for this for a long, long time,” he said.
And this being his biggest challenge, Roach vows to keep Pacquiao in the best shape of his fighting career.
“I’m getting my fighter as ready as possible. We’re in our toughest fight of our lives,” he said. “I have a rule for this fight that if you’re a body in the gym and you’re not doing something, then get the (expletive) out.”