LAS VEGAS – Freddie Roach likes the idea of Manny Pacquiao remaining the underdog in his welterweight title unification bout against Floyd Mayweather.
The longtime trainer of the Filipino boxing icon looked back at how Pacquiao defied the odds in winning his previous battles against such overwhelming favorites like Oscar dela Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Lehlo Ledwaba.
Pacquiao remains a 2-1 underdog (+170 to Mayweather's -200) upon arriving on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time) in the so-called Entertainment Capital of the World.
Yet, Roach remains unfazed.
“On paper – and in the sports books – Manny shouldn’t stand a chance. But neither did David against Goliath,” said Roach.
“Just remember, Manny has always come out on top when he was the underdog and you don’t have to look any further than his victories over Ledwaba, Barrera, and De La Hoya.”
The seven-time Trainer of the Year sees Mayweather’s unbeaten record coming to an end on Saturday night at the hands of Pacquiao.
“Boxing has been held hostage by Floyd Mayweather and his antics long enough. Manny is going to stand up to Floyd on May 2 and put a bully in his place.
“Manny is on a mission. This fight is his crusade. The fans of the world are rooting for Manny to win just like they willed this fight to happen. He is their champion. This will be their victory.”