Freddie Roach expects an ‘easy victory’ for Manny Pacquiao (Fanatics View Exclusive)
Freddie Roach previews Manny Pacquiao vs Keith Thurman with Fanatics View.
Freddie Roach isn’t concerned with Manny Pacquiao taking on a young opponent in his prime like Keith Thurman. Despite Thurman being bigger and 10 years younger than Pacquiao, Roach is eyeing an easy fight.
Lately, he’s seen something special out of the soon-to-be 41 Pacquiao.
“Manny’s looking like the old Manny when he first came to my gym,” Roach told Fanatics View. “His work ethic is unbelievable, I mean he works his ass off. He trains four hours every afternoon. He runs every morning for two hours. He does 1000 sit ups a day, cause he got stopped by a body shot once. And that’ll never happen again.”
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KOs) will challenge Thurman (29-0, 22KOs) for his WBA (Secondary) welterweight title at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday. Thurman is making his second appearance since returning from a nearly two-year layoff due to elbow and hand injuries.
He showed signs of ring rust and vulnerability in his comeback fight against Josesito Lopez in January, but earned the majority decision victory. To Roach, it was a sign that injuries might still be haunting “One Time.”
“I don’t know if he’s ever really recovered from that right hand injury,” said Roach. “Cause you watch the last two fights, he hasn’t gotten any better. And it just doesn’t look that great.”