Although the rematch between Jean Pascal and Sergey Kovalev hasn't yet been officially announced, it's pretty much already slated to take place on Jan. 30th at Montreal's Bell Centre. In anticipation for his opportunity for payback, Pascal has respectfully parted ways with Marc Ramsay and teamed up with Freddie Roach, who he believes will help him make the necessary adjustments to beat the Russian destroyer.
The first installment of Kovalev-Pascal back in March saw Kovalev more or less cruise towards an eighth round stoppage, but Pascal is hoping to turn things around under Roach's tutelage.
"Freddie Roach is one of the best trainers of all time. It is an honor to work with Freddie," Pascal said. "I've come to the conclusion that in my corner I needed a new perspective and I thought that Freddie would be the right fit. I realized I need to improve on and correct certain mistakes I made in my loss to [unified titleholder Sergey] Kovalev.
"I'm quite confident that with Freddie in my corner, I will improve, as did Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto under him."
Roach currently has his hands full with Miguel Cotto, who is in the last few days of preparation for his big fight with Canelo Alvarez this Saturday, but believes after that he can focus more on rectifying some holes in Pascal's game.
"Obviously, the Miguel Cotto fight is such a big fight. I want to concentrate on this fight first," Roach said of Saturday night's much-anticipated middleweight championship fight between Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. "I told him we will make the announcement after this fight, but I have been working with him the past couple of weeks at the Wild Card and the training camp will be at my gym. Me and [assistant] Marvin [Somodio] will take care of him."
Do you think under Roach's guidance that we'll see a different version of Pascal? And does this move really improve his chances to beat Kovalev?