Roach: ‘The lack of activity explains why Thurman has looked worse and worse over his last three fights’

For WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman(29-0, 22 KOs), fighting Josesito Lopez back in January was an opportunity to get back in the ring after two years away due to injuries, and more importantly, a chance to shake off some rust.

While Thurman was not at his best, and at one point it seemed he could get stopped after getting battered in round 7. He survived and won the fight. Now, he has a shot for more glory on July 20 at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas when he battles Manny Pacquiao(61-7-2, 39 KOs).

Throughout the promotion for Pacquiao-Thurman, one of Pacquiao’s trainers, Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, has been very open about his thoughts on Thurman, and on Thursday, it continued.

“The only hot dog Manny is thinking about is Keith Thurman,” Roach said. “Thurman talks a good game, but we’ll see if he can cut the mustard with Manny on July 20.  Manny is 10 years Thurman’s senior, and yet this will be Manny’s third world championship fight over the past 12 months.  Activity keeps fighters sharp.  The lack of activity explains why Thurman has looked worse and worse over his last three fights. He’s like the Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski.  He just seems to be fighting as little as possible to keep his title.  Only Thurman’s not The Dude; he’s The Dud.  Manny will sizzle, and Thurman will fizzle when they battle it out in the ring at the MGM Grand on July 20.  After that, it will be champagne and Lobster Thurmandor for us.  Happy Fourth of July!”

Thurman’s last three fights, all wins, have been against Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Lopez. That’s a tough three fights, so while he has not been the most active and had only three fights in three years, the only time he did not look at his best was against Lopez, which he fought after two years out of the ring.

However, if he wants to beat Pacquiao, Thurman has to be at very best because even at age 40, Pacquiao is still one of the top fighters at 147.

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Roach: ‘Thurman is slower than Heinz ketchup’

Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is a few weeks away from his battle with undefeated WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs)at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas(FOX PPV), and he is working hard to get the victory.

According to Team Pacquiao, he has daily morning runs of three to five miles with hundreds of fans trailing, followed by one thousand sit-ups and assorted drills, afternoons at the gym, filled with 10 rounds of sparring, 10-12 rounds of mitts with Freddie and Buboy Fernandez, endless rounds of heavy bag and speed bag work, are capped off with another 1,000 sit-ups.

There is a lot of confidence in his corner, which includes one of his trainers, Freddie Roach.

“Manny is so unbelievably fast,” Roach said. “He’s 40 years old and moving around the ring with the same speed he had when he was just a seven-division world champion,” said Roach. “Manny has Keith Thurman’s number.  Thurman is slower than Heinz ketchup.  Manny is going to beat him 57 ways on July 20.  The fans know it, and the sports books know it.  Manny has gone from underdog to a betting favorite.  Manny is money for this fight. It’s going to be champagne and Lobster Thurmandor for us!”

Thurman may not have faster hands than Pacquiao, but he is far from slow. However, at age 40, Pacquiao may not be what he once was, but he still has a lot of left. How much he has left will be determined on July 20.



Roach: ‘Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six’

Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner will battle it out on January 19 in a fight that is big for both fighters. For Pacquiao(60-7-2, 39 KOs), it could be an opportunity to have a rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather, while for Broner it’s a chance to get a signature victory and an opportunity to headline significant cards in the future. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will air on Showtime PPV.

There are a lot of things you can criticize about Broner(33-3-1, 24 KOs), but one thing you can’t criticize is his toughness. Back in 2013, Broner took a beating against Marcos Maidana in his first loss. He was dropped two times, but he fought hard to the end. In his three losses, Broner has never been stopped. However, according to Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, Broner won’t be able to handle the pace or the pressure from Pacquiao.

“I think experience has made Manny a better fighter,” added Roach.  “He still trains harder than anyone.  I like Broner as a fighter.  I think he has excellent boxing skills.  But Broner has never faced anyone like Manny.  Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six.  It will be impossible for Broner to keep pace with the Manny Pacquiao of this training camp.”

The 40-year-old Pacquiao is not the same guy we saw when he was steamrolling opponents from 2008-2011, and Broner is a much livelier fighter than Pacquiao’s last opponent Lucas Matthysse.  I think Pacquiao gets the nod, but it won’t be easy.



Roach: ‘Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive’’

What would a Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao training camp be without a few bons mots from World-Famous Freddie Roach, the seven-time BWAA Trainer of the Year?

Upon hearing the news that Pacquiao’s opponent Adrien “The Problem” Broner had been arrested on Sunday in Broward County, Florida, on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court (, a seemingly chronic issue for the four-division world champion,  Roach had this to say:

 “Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive.’  This may be the first time I face a corner that includes a bail bondsman!”

Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, boxer laureate Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, a member of the Philippines Senate, and the BWAA’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati.  Pacquiao vs. Broner takes place on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Freddie Roach: ‘Everyone’s paid’

Earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told the world that he has not been paid for Pacquiao’s fight against Jeff Horn on July 1.

Roach told Sports Illustrated the following:

“I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?” 

Pacquiao told the world that he has not received payment from Bob Arum for the Horn fight, and it was Arum’s responsibility to pay Roach.

However, Bob Arum told Ringtv on Thursday: “All of this is truly, truly a non-issue. Everybody has the money they are entitled to, end of the story!”

When asked by TMZ Sports if he received payment for the Horn fight, Roach said: “Everyone’s paid.”  

I guess all is well with Pacquiao, Roach, and Arum.

When asked about Pacquiao’s future, Roach told TMZ Sports: “I would like to see him maybe fight a rematch with Horn. Otherwise, retire.” 

Pacquiao, 38, should exercise his rematch clause and fight Horn again. He can still make decent money in a very winnable fight. We may have seen the best of Pacquiao, but he can still beat Jeff Horn!