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Triple X for Roach



In a span of four months this year, three of trainer Freddie Roach’s most prized fighters  lost successively.

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao started the streak when he lost  last June 9 to  the undefeated  Timothy Bradley  by  a highly controversial split decision.

Barely a few weeks later in July, Briton Amir Khan, another Roach boy who regularly comes to Manila to train and spar with  Manny, was beaten by Danny Garcia in  what was described in the websites as a “stunning  fourth-round stoppage.”

Khan relinquished  the light welterweight  title.

It was Amir’s second straight loss. He also lost last December to Lamont Peterson by a split decision.

Then, only last weekend, it was  the erstwhile undefeated  Julio Cesar Chavez ’s turn to fall in the hands  of  37-year-old Sergio Martinez.

Just as  the Argentine promised boxing fans,  he gave Chavez a sound beating by dominating the first 11 rounds of the fight. Experts said   that although  much smaller, Martinez was simply  “too fast, too athletic and too good  for the son of a legend.”

Three defeats for Roach from June to September.  Is this only a spell  of bad luck or is  the boxing Hall-of-Famer losing his touch, as a colleague suggested?

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Following his loss to Garcia, Khan made the startling announcement that he was changing his trainer.

“After nearly four years together in  which we enjoyed  some great success,  I part with my trainer Freddie Roach,” Khan said as he thanked  him for his hard work,  and the progress he made while under his care.

Khan also credited Roach  for having opened the doors  for him “to meet some fantastic people.”

“However, I feel  that now is the right time in my career to make a fresh change and bring in a new trainer.”

“I  am excited and looking forward to the prospect of  working with someone  new.”

Khan explained  that there are  “some special aspects of  my game that  I’m looking  to work on  and hopefully improve .”

With his next training camp starting this October,  Khan recently announced the appointment of Virgil Hunter as his new trainer.

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Apparently, Khan blamed Roach for his last two losses, although it was also Roach who was responsible for giving him  two world titles.

Before parting ways with his trainer of four years, Khan said he would reconsider his position, only if Roach could guarantee his presence in Khan’s pre-fight training camps. He felt that Roach was spending too much  time with Pacquiao, and was jealous that he was making Pacquiao his priority.

Actually, it wasn’t only Roach who  suffered a triple whammy in four months this year. Alex Ariza is in the same boat since he is also the conditioning coach of Manny, Amir and  Chavez Jr.

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  • akoombulator

    that is the cycle of life…

  • Ratzkey

    In my opinion Roach has only one X and that is Amir Khan. Pacquiao clearly won over Bradley and Chavez Jr. had Martinez kiss the floor. Amir Khan is not a good boxer, has a very soft chin and flimsy with only the conditioning coach to be blamed. For Martinez, I was laughing inside when he kissed the floor and almost got KO’d. Next time they meet, Chavez knows what to do with him.

    As for Mayweather since Pacquiao already agreed to a smaller purse and drug testing, the only escape now is jail. All he has to do is slap another woman and off he goes to another excuse of not fighting Pacquiao. He will never be best in history if he does not fight and beat Pacquiao. Ows btw there’s still another excuse, 100-0 purse he gets all the money then he will fight LOL.. :) Think he’s really gay like his employee Ellerbe hahahahaha!!

    • Jaz

      @Ratzkey, I Agree!


    Roach is way overrated, thanks to the exploits of a freak-of-nature Pacquiao. Without Pacquiao, Roach would have been just an ordinary trainer with no chance of getting trainer of the year award or the Hall of Fame for that matter. He’s just got lucky when Pac came knocking at his doors that one day in 2001. 

  • Jun

    well… roach wanted to test waters if all his fighters are without PEDs. but he wasn’t so sure with chavez jr. because of the pressure from chavez sr. so even if chavez is with drugs, he doesn’t have a chance against pound-for-pound great: martinez

    • Ratzkey

       pls read the article again chavez jr. tested positive for cannabies and not peds. :)

    • roadbike


    • GustoKoHappyKa

      hi i guess your better than the las vegas doctors who conduct medical test…

  • wawa2172

    You just cant win them all. Trainers have studied the styles of fellow trainers and with Roach handling three known boxers he is vulnerable too. Especially in the case of Pacquaio whose popularity demands more focus as his style is now well studied. Deep analysis should be made in order to possibly add new technique that could surprised the opponent. If the duo of trainer-boxer still retain their styles of fighting then it could doomed Pacman. No need to change trainer, they have to brainstorm on new techniques. Like how to escape na matapakan ni Marquez and improving on speed, stamina, jabs and power punches. I am still for Pacman but I wish him retired after Marquez. Leave showbiz, politics and too much spending of money. Save, invest and focus more on your families specifically Jinky. Fight in all four with her…in bed.

  • john mark santos

    katamad na panoorin si Pacman, wala ng excitement. I hope matuloy na yun kay Gayweather yun lang papanoorin ko

    • roadbike

      Kapag napatulog ni Pacquiao si Marquez baka lalong lumabo at di-na matuloy ang labanang Pacquiao vs Mayyweather. If Pacquiao knocked out Marquez it would be more the fight will not happen between Pacquiao vs Mayweather.

  • jrng16

    may pang apat pa na disaster ni roach ds coming dec. 8

    • jurbinsky77

      My hope and prayers are for Roach’s success.

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