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Pacquiao honors ‘best trainer in the world’ Roach

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:09 PM March 06, 2021
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FILE – Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach trains with Manny Pacquiao. MP PROMOTIONS

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao on Saturday paid tribute to his longtime trainer Freddie Roach, whom he labeled as “the best trainer in the world.”

Roach, the Hall of Fame cornerman, celebrated his 60th birthday on Saturday (Manila time).

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Roach responded by also showing his appreciation to his most prized fighter.

Pacquiao and Roach go a long way back.

Roach first handled Pacquiao in 2001 against South African champion Lehlo Ledwaba for the IBF super bantamweight title.

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Despite being on short notice in his US debut, the underdog Pacquiao stopped Ledwaba in the sixth round with a performance that’s considered to be among the best of his celebrated career.

Twenty years later, the two remain a formidable force with Pacquiao still among the biggest draws in the sport.

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