Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Roach sees easy win by Pacquiao

Freddie Roach doesn’t mind going to the Philippines to begin training camp with Manny Pacquiao, who faces Floyd Mayweather in what could turn out to be boxing’s most expensive fight set in March next year.

“I can’t wait for the fight,” said Roach on Wednesday morning (Tuesday afternoon in the US).

The confident Roach he doesn’t see his boy losing.

“We’ll kick Mayweather’s ass,” said the tough-talking Roach, who has guided Pacquiao to an incredible 16-1 record on US soil, including memorable victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

Roach remains in seventh heaven as he had just steered another major fighter under his wing - British star Amir Khan - to a 76-second knockout win over Dimitri Salita over the weekend in Newcastle, England.

Roach said he doesn’t have any concerns about setting up the first half of training camp in Baguio, where Pacquiao had worked out for a month in preparation for the Miguel Cotto fight that the Filipino won in stunning fashion last November 14.

Roach is so thrilled about Pacquiao clashing with Mayweather that he has named Khan and welterweight hotshot Andre Berto as sparring partners of Pacquiao although Roach stressed that Berto will only be tapped in the second half of training, when they’ve already returned to the familiar confines of the Wild Card in Hollywood.

Berto, who has a 25-0 record with 19 knockouts, is scheduled to face Shane Mosley on Jan. 30 in Las Vegas and if Berto emerges unscathed, he will be asked to give a helping hand to Pacquiao.

Roach said he has a few more fighters lined up in the remaining weeks but is looking forward to starting Day One of training camp.

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