Roach confident he has the plan to shut down Oscar
Freddie Roach knows Oscar De La Hoya's flaws. Nacho Beristain considers Manny Pacquiao an old foe. Both trainers know enough about the other's fighter to lead their charge to victory.
Originally Published: December 4, 2008By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com
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To Manny Pacquiao, whose father, Rosalio, abandoned his family when the fighter was 12, Freddie Roach is more than just a trainer."He is a friend, almost a father figure, and I listen to Freddie, whatever he tells me," Pacquiao told ESPN.com. "He teaches me not just about boxing but about life. I am fortunate to have Freddie Roach in my life." A student of the late Eddie Futch, one of boxing's most venerable trainers, Roach engaged in his first amateur bout at the age of 6. He had 53 fights as a pro, six more than Futch advised him. "Eddie told me to retire; he said I didn't have it anymore. But I didn't listen," Roach said. "I had six more fights and I lost five of them Eddie was right." Roach suffers from trauma-induced Parkinson's syndrome, which he attributes to too many fights. Yet his life would feel empty if he were unable to breathe in the atmosphere of the gym, which he does daily at the Wild Card Gym that he owns and runs on Vine Street in Hollywood, or the more rarefied air of a big fight such as Saturday's "Dream Match" between Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.
|Two Title Fights, One Night|
|TV lineup for the Golden Boy Promotions/Top Rank card Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: • Welterweights: Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) vs. Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2, 35 KOs), 12 rounds • Junior welterweights: Victor Ortiz (22-1-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeff Resto (22-2, 13 KOs), 12 rounds • Junior featherweights: Juan Manuel Lopez (23-0, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Medina (33-1, 18 KOs), for Lopez's title • Super middleweights: Daniel Jacobs (12-0, 11 KOs) vs. Victor Lares (14-3, 3 KOs), 8 rounds|
|De La Hoya-Pacquiao|
|For all the stories, podcasts, videos and news on Oscar De La Hoya's showdown with Manny Pacquiao, visit the Fight Credential.|
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