“Can anybody tell me why that f*cking guy was in the picture?”
Outspoken trainer Freddie Roach, at the end of the L.A. press event for Mayweather/Pacquiao on March 11, 2015
To which pop sensation Justin Beiber may have been heard singing and asking: “What do you mean?” Roach thought it awkward that Beiber made his way to the podium (at Floyd’s request) for photo opportunities at the conclusion of their historic press conference formally announcing the superfight,
Knowing that Roach feels some kind of way about the crooning heartthrob and that he is not a ‘Belieber’, TMZ Sports caught Roach at LAX to get his feelings on Beiber’s interest in the sweet science.
“So Freddie, Justin Beiber has shown an interest in fighting lately would you train him?” asked TMZ Sports. “No.” Roached sprayed, who was then asked why before dropping some serious shade. “I don’t train girls.”
This isn’t exactly comparing gays to ‘animals’ as did his prized ward, but its kind of around the corner or down the street from it. Roach, who is no stranger to having absolutely zero filter from his famously amusing and often filthy mouth, is currently overseeing a grinding Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38KO’s) as he assaults his way toward the April 9 rubbermatch with Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (HBO PPV @10 p.m. ET).
“Manny’s punching extremely hard and has a lot of pop on his shots,” Roach said, when asked about Pacquiao’s sparring session on Thursday. “The left is as lethal as its always been, but he’s been killing guys with hard right hands. He’s punching harder with the right hand which is amazing. I wish I had this Manny for Mayweather.”
If he’s really as advertised (we don’t know if some of this isn’t gamesmanship from Roach), then so do we. Up next for Pacquiao, will be much anticipated sparring sessions with potential stars Frankie Gomez and Jose Ramirez, which will really test where the new bionically repaired “Pac-Man” is at in his preparations.
“Money” has apparently been spending a lot of time working with TMT product Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11KO’s) ahead of his grudge match with nemesis Adrien Broner (31-2, 23KO’s) on April 1. Theophane will be challenging for Broner’s WBA super lightweight belt, and Mayweather would like nothing more than to preside over a defeat that would finish Broner and bolster his TMT brand.
Mayweather, who remains in mint condition and still adheres to a grueling workout routine, may be keeping himself in championship form for a possible future showdown with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who smirked and shrugged his shoulders when shown Floyd’s ‘no special effects’ remarks regarding a fight with Triple G.
Golovin told TMZ Sports that a Mayweather fight is his ‘dream fight’ and that he would ‘of course’ beat Mayweather. To really get Floyd’s attention, perhaps GGG should send Floyd a karaoke video of himself singing Justin Beiber’s “No Pressure”. For more on the world’s best fighters and all of the latest news in the world of boxing, please be sure to visit Real Combat Media.