Trainers engage in verbal sparring ahead of megabout

Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:20pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - While trash-talking by the two fighters has been at a bare minimum ahead of Saturday's welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, their trainers engaged in a war of words on Thursday.

Pacquiao's corner man, Freddie Roach, complained that the Mayweather camp had not yet submitted gloves for testing before his opposite number, Floyd Mayweather Sr., countered by saying that the Pacquiao camp was simply running scared.

Roach and Mayweather Sr. have got on like oil and water over the years and, hardly surprisingly, there was no eye contact between them as Roach ended his news conference and passed by Mayweather Sr. on the media center stage at the MGM Grand.

"I don't hate Floyd Mayweather Sr, I just hate his poems," Roach said of his fellow American, who frequently recites pithy poems about his fighters' opponents. "But he doesn't get under my skin."

Roach, who declared that he and Pacquiao had developed "a winning formula" to beat Mayweather Jr., was unhappy that their opponent's gloves had not yet been tested.

"I just asked the (Nevada Athletic) Commission if both gloves will be weighed," said Roach. "Their gloves are hand-made. I just want to make sure the weight is fair, but his gloves haven't showed up yet."

Mayweather Sr. scoffed when asked why his fighter's gloves had not been submitted.

"The gloves are not an issue because Manny has put on the same kind of gloves," said the 62-year-old trainer. "Fear, that's all it is.   Continued...

Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach listens to a reporter's question at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus