Baguio stint worst camp we’ve had, says Roach
CELEBRATED trainer Freddie Roach can now pocket his worry beads.
After enduring an uninspiring training camp in the Philippines, Roach and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao returned to the familiar confines of Wild Card Gym in Hollywood Saturday night.
The four-time Trainer of the Year said his prized ward was more focused with his buildup Monday, three weeks ahead of his Nov. 13 showdown with Antonio Margarito.
Quoting Roach, ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo posted on Twitter yesterday, “He’s (Pacquiao) on fire today.”
Pacquiao will train for two weeks at Wild Card before heading for Texas to battle Margarito for the vacant WBC super welterweight title at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
On Sunday, Roach poured out his sentiments to Maxboxing.com’s Steve Kim.
“The thing is, there were just too many distractions,” said Roach. “So really, we didn’t have a bad training camp; [Pacquiao] just wasn’t very consistent. Every Sunday driving to Manila, a six-hour drive each way, it’s draining on the fighter. Overall, I think it’s the worst training camp we ever had, yes.”