Chief trainer Freddie Roach insists there are no problems at all in Manny Pacquiao’s training camp, refuting reports that there have been some issues with just a week to go before the big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told Yahoo! Sports recently that he has heard that Pacquiao’s camp has been less than ideal.
“Freddie Roach thinks he runs a tight camp, but I know everything that’s happening there. I heard it’s been a very rough camp,” Ellerbe said. “And now, I think it’s dawning on Manny Pacquiao exactly what he’s up against.”
Roach was quick to dismiss Ellerbe’s assertions.
“Maybe it’s them who have problems, not us,” said Roach, as quoted by Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing. “Truth is, as we have been saying, Manny is in great shape and he’s ready to fight.”
“It’s up to them, really. If they don’t believe us, it’s their own fault,” he added.
It has also been reported that Pacquiao will not have his customary “grand arrival” at the MGM Grand.
“We’ll get the room downstairs where they do the press conferences and we’ll let the press talk to Manny in a comfortable atmosphere,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. “To me, it’s much more effective than this grand arrival thing.”
Roach said he does not know of this plan, although he hopes that Pacquiao will go “especially because this is a big fight, the biggest fight of his career.”
“It’s his decision, though. He may go or may not go,” Roach said. “But if he doesn’t, it’s not because he’s afraid or overwhelmed by the magnitude of this fight, as has been insinuated.”
Ellerbe claimed that Pacquiao’s decision to skip his grand arrival was a sign that the boxer is starting to get dazed by the scope of the event.
“The spectacle, the magnitude of this event is something Manny has never been through before. He’s been in a lot of big fights, but there are big fights, and there is a Floyd Mayweather fight,” Ellerbe said.
“There are obligations you have and things you have to do when you’re in an event of this magnitude that he hasn’t had to do before. He’s not fighting no Chris Algieri now,” he added. “This is a whole new ballgame.”