By Jeff Newman: Unlike the past fights that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has been involved in, trainer Freddie Roach is keeping it quiet in what he game plan he plans on putting together for Pacquiao to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Roach usually is quite open in his game plan for Pacquiao in different fights, but this one is a different case. Roach is obviously worried enough about the outcome for him to want to keep his trap shut.
As tough a fight as this will be for Pacquiao, Roach would be making a mistake if he were to spill the beans about the game plan that he’s going to have Pacquiao use against Floyd in this fight. It would be a real tragedy if Roach gave away the plan by him bragging to the reporters about what Pacquiao is going to be attempting to do when he gets inside the ring with Mayweather.
“For the first time in my life I think I’ll keep it kind of private,” Roach said via si.com. “I don’t want Mayweather to know what we are up to. But it’s a good style fight.”
To be honest, Pacquiao pretty much fights the same way each time he faces someone. Even in the fights where he’s knocked guys out like Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto, it was more a situation where they couldn’t handle Pacquiao’s hand speed and combinations rather than it being a situation where Pacquiao was getting the better of them due to some great plan by Roach.
Pacquiao is basically the same each time he fights. For example, the only difference that we saw in Pacquiao’s last fight against Chris Algieri was that Pacquiao cut off the ring quickly and forced Algieri to brawl with him. In Pacquiao’s 2012 fight against Tim Bradley, Pacquiao struggled with the moment that Bradley used, and he was unable to cut off the ring on him.
“Mayweather will move as much as he can before he starts settling down. He can’t move quite as well as he used to,” Roach said. “The challenge [of Mayweather] was bigger five years ago. Everything became real. We have been waiting five years for this. It’s finally here. This is going to be the biggest fight ever. It’s going to break records on money and [pay per view buys].”
Mayweather is definitely a different fighter now than he was five to six years ago when they first attempted to put a fight together in 2009. However, Pacquiao is a different fighter as well, and he’d be kidding himself if he didn’t realize that.