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Floyd Mayweather would be a better boxer if I had trained him, says Manny Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach.
By Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent – The Telegraph
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has said Floyd Mayweather makes “so many mistakes” in the ring ahead of May 2 superfight in Las Vegas.
“He rolls but he doesn’t counter. He doesn’t come back with what that roll created. Those are things that Eddie Futch taught me but I wasn’t talented enough to do that.”
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“This kid has the talent to do it but he doesn’t finish the job. He’d be a much better fighter. The best thing he does is feint. He’s the best feinter in the world. Remember when he beat Diego Corrales? Feints killed him. Beautiful set-ups.”
Mayweather will be earning around $5 million dollars a minute against Pacquiao if their contest goes to the end of 12 championship rounds on May 2 in Las Vegas.
But the American, unbeaten in 47 fights, has insisted that this contest is much, much more than just money. It is about legacy, about bragging rights.
“Everyone talks about the money, the money, the money,” said Mayweather. “I want the fight to live up to the magnitude that it is. That’s what it is really about.”
But right there is the enigma that is Mayweather, or ‘Money’ Mayweather, as his ring sobriquet has become, changed from ‘Lil Floyd’, as it once was. Money has defined the man as much as his unbeaten, stellar career through the weight divisions as a world champion from super featherweight to light middleweight.
There is definitely a different ‘feel’ to the unbeaten American in the build-up to the greatest, most significant contest of his career.
“It’s all about maturity,” Mayweather said this week. “Everyone knows I built an empire by communicating in a certain way. But it was just business moves as far as communicating and talking on camera, doing what I needed to do by being flashy and flamboyant.
“I gave you the Pretty Boy Floyd persona and I came back and gave you the Money May persona. I built an empire and a strong team and did my job.”
“Pacquiao will be knocked out again,” says Mayweather senior.
Yet watch his switch once we get into fight week, as events build towards the showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“My mentality in the sport of boxing is to win first always but, of course, you always want to give people their money’s worth,” Mayweather said. “There’s been fights I look at and say I’m not really pleased with that even though I won. We’re pushing ourselves extremely hard. If the fight was today I could go out and perform and look well.”