Manny Pacquiao’s coach offers a $1,000 reward for sparring partners to floor
Pacquiao, but so far he has kept his money.
And Pacquiao’s adoring fans are so eager to catch a glimpse of their hero in action,
trainer Roach has had to hire security to keep them at bay.
The legendary duo is currently preparing for their 37th fight together, 20 years since
their first. Filipino icon Pacquiao, 42, challenges unbeaten welterweight champion,
Errol Spence Jr, 31, on August 21 in Las Vegas.
And with his southpaw sparring well underway, Roach continues to promise $1,000
for anyone who can put PacMan down.
But, as has always been the case, the Hall of Fame coach still has the cash in his
pocket as he opened about the deal. Roach said: “Manny doesn’t know that!
“I’ve always kept it a secret but every sparring partner I hire, I say, ‘You knock him
down, I give you a thousand bucks. “And I’ve kept a thousand in my pocket.”
Pacquiao first met Roach in 2001, when he walked into his Wild Card gym as a former
flyweight but unknown world champion.
In the years since Roach has guided Pacquiao to titles in an unprecedented EIGHT
And the southpaw star has become a global icon due to his charitable and political
work outside the boxing ring.
Pacquiao remains much the same person Roach met before their first fight
together when they beat Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the super-bantamweight title.
Little has changed when it comes to speed, explosiveness, and dedication to training
but the crowd that follows him has.
Roach said: “There are a little more people in training camp. People love to see
Manny Pacquiao and his entourage are getting a little bigger.
“But then the first day he noticed it was getting a little crowded in the gym, he said,
‘Freddie, can we get rid of some of these people.
“I said, ‘Yeah, we can. These are all your people, throw them out!’ Manny cut them
right in half, so training camp’s getting better as fewer people are watching.
Because it’s a pretty important fight for Manny and he’s doing really well, he’s
fighting one of the best guys out there.”
Pacquiao and Roach spent the best part of two years away from each other due to the
It saw PacMan sidelined and unable to return having last fought in July 2019, when
he beat Keith Thurman, 32.
But it came as no surprise to Roach when his most famous pupil chose undefeated
Spence for his comeback fight, putting a smile on the trainer’s face.
He revealed: “I was leaning towards Mikey Garcia, maybe a little smaller, not as
strong, but when he did pick Spence I did give him a call and congratulated him.
“I love that Manny picked a real opponent and that’s one thing about Manny is he’s
always going to fight the best out there.
“We’re fighting the best again, we’re getting ready for it and I love what I see so far
but we still have about four weeks to go.” Manny Pacquiao fights Errol Spence Jr on