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Freddie Roach on Pacquiao's preparation, Khan, Garcia, Mayweather

Freddie Roach talks Pacquiao-Bradley, Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia, and more.

On where Pacquiao is at a week out

"He's 100 percent. He's right there. ... He looks great. The next two sparring days will be very light. I'll have a talk with both sparring partners. We just have to stay sharp at this point. On the mitts, I'm starting to slow down with him a little bit. Instead of being all action the whole time, I'm talking a little bit more than usual, just to bring him down a little bit. I don't want him to overdo it."

On Mayweather coming back against Danny Garcia

"Danny who? Come on, man. (Garcia's) dad might win the fight. He's a good arguer. His dad's pretty funny. But I don't think (Garcia) is in that class."

"I'd like Danny to fight Manny. If I could get (Manny) to stay in the game. But I'm not sure. ... When I had Amir Khan fight (Garcia), I thought Amir was kicking his ass, but his dad made a statement about Amir's religion, and that got him really upset and mad, and he went out there trying to knock the guy out, and he got knocked out. I thought I had steered clear of that, but obviously it didn't work that night. He stayed in the pocket too long. His dad does say some bad things, and religion is something we all shouldn't talk about too much, I think. Too many wars about that shit."

On a possible Khan-Garcia rematch

"If (Amir) boxed him, he can outbox him, yes."

On taking blame for Khan's loss to Garcia

"Somebody's gotta get blamed. The trainer's the easiest guy to blame. They say I overtrained him or whatever it is. But at this point it doesn't bother me, obviously. I still respect (Khan) as an athlete. He's a very a good athlete. I don't think he's a great fighter, but he's a great athlete."

On his favorite Pacquiao fight

"Barrera I. That's my favorite fight of all time, it was great. I thought that really made (Pacquiao) a superstar. That was the first time he fought the pound for pound best guy in the world. Ledwaba was a great win, but not too many people remember Ledwaba. But that fight in Texas, that was a good night. I remember when Barrera knocked him down in the first round, it was kind of a slip a little bit, and they counted, but I didn't see it. I said, 'Oh, shit! What happened?!' Because I'm trying to get settled in the corner and I look up and the referee's counting over Manny. I said, 'Oh my God, is it over?' Manny went on to stop him in the 11th round. That was one of my best fights with Manny Pacquiao. Ricky Hatton was probably the best knockout ever, but that fight with Barrera was a great fight, I love that fight."

On imagining not coaching Pacquiao again

"It could happen, and I have to deal with the reality. He keeps telling me that this is it. I believe him a little bit, but not all. I think (Bob Arum) might have a lot more to do with it, depending on what he wants to do or what kind of money he's gonna offer Manny for a next fight. That could change things."

On Pacquiao fighting in the Olympics

"I worry about that a little bit, because getting him ready for a three-round fight is really, really different for both of us at this time in our lives. But if he wants to go out, and he wants me with him, yes."

"I don't like it too much. I don't like professional athletes in the Olympics at all. It takes away the dream of a college player, who, that might be as far as he goes. And our college athletes were always good enough to compete at that level, and now with the pros playing, it's, like, everyone expects America to win because as a pro sport it's huge here, it's very big. Some of the other countries also have good pros, but not as many as America at this point, at least at the Olympic level. I wish they'd let the college guys play, because they were good enough to compete in hockey and basketball. But if they let them do it, why not boxing? I don't think they can really let pros play in the other sports without letting them play in every sport. I think it's gonna be everywhere pretty soon."

On his first impressions of Manny Pacquiao

"I built this gym, and my trainer Eddie Futch told me not to do it, because it would be a headache. He said, 'Don't do it, it's not a good investment.' I said, 'Well, you never know when the next Muhammad Ali's gonna walk through your doors. I'll get first choice if somebody good walks through the doors.' So one day Manny Pacquiao walked through that door. I was doing mitts with somebody else in the ring, and he said, 'I hear you're good with the mitts, can we do some rounds?' I said, 'Yeah, sure.' So he came up and after one round, I went to my people and said, 'Wow, this guy can fuckin' fight.' And then he went to his manager and said, 'We have a new trainer.' After one round. I'm so happy I built this gym, because without this, Pacquiao and I would have never met. It was the greatest day of my life. He absolutely changed my life completely. A great fighter, eight-time world champion. I don't think that will ever be duplicated. I don't think in our lifetime we're gonna see another eight-time world champion."

"I didn't even know his name, and he couldn't even speak English back then. I had no idea who he was. I know he'd won a world title at 112 in Thailand or something like that, but I didn't know that at the time, because nobody really paid attention to the small guys back then."

On being sentimental about a last fight

"It doesn't upset me, but it makes me a little bit sad. I will miss him if this is his last fight, but we'll be friends forever, for sure. He's been a big part of my life. I can go see him in the Philippines, because he's paid me enough money I can buy a ticket. Buying a ticket to the Philippines isn't that much of a problem anymore, and that's because of him, because he's such a generous, nice person."

On if he'll be surprised if Pacquiao stops Bradley

"I won't be surprised, no. I think he can, and I think he should. I'm trying to bring back that fire in him a little bit, get him to be a little more aggressive. It finally came yesterday. He did what I wanted him to do. He was throwing punches with bad intentions, it was the first time I'd seen that in a long time."

On possibly fighting Terence Crawford

"We've already been offered Crawford, and I said yes to Bob already on that one. There's nobody in the world that he's gonna duck. There's even talk about him fighting Canelo at this point, and I really don't mind that fight, either. I know he's bigger, but Manny does well with big guys. He's fast. He'd have to fight a very tactical fight, but there's nobody out there I'm scared of with Pacquiao. Nobody."

On who Roach would pick for one more fight


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