RingTV.com reached five-time Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, for a brief Q&A from his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday morning.
Roach addresed, among other things, the announced return to the ring of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Meanwhile, Roach is busily preparing RING No. 1-rated pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) for the HBO Pay Per View-televised defense of his WBO welterweight belt against RING lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) on Nov. 12.
RingTV.com: Your thoughts on Mayweather’s announcement that he’s returning to the ring in May?
Freddie Roach: You know, it’s just an announcement, you know? He sends it out through Leonard Ellerbe, his little toy.
He sends this guy out to make that statement? Then Leonard Ellerbe never mentioned the name of Manny Pacquiao. He says, ‘the little guy?’
I thought he was talking about [HBO’s color columnist] Larry Merchant. But then, I’m not sure if he wants to fight Larry Merchant either. You know, Larry Merchant might knock him out too.
RingTV.com: Who do you see coming out victorious in the Angulo-Kirkland fight?
FR: I like Alfredo Angulo in that fight. He’s trained in my gym before, and he’s got a great chin. He has good power. The other guy, James Kirkland, just hasn’t looked that sharp lately.
I like Angulo a lot in that fight. They will exchange, but Angulo will take all of the punches and he throws back. Kirkland just hasn’t seemed able to take the punches quite as well as he needs to.
Angulo has a better chin than Kirkland, and that’s going to be the deciding factor, I feel. I think it could be early or late.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it goes one round, but Kirkland’s in good shape, so maybe it will last a little longer. But, Angulo is very dangerous. The thing is, Angulo has the better chin.
RingTV.com: So what is your take on the Quillin-McEwan matchup, since you’ve worked with each of them?
FR: Well, I’ve got my guy, Peter Quillin, fighting one of my old fighters in Craig MeEwan on the show. I think that they might steal the show. I think that it’s going to be a great fight. Peter is very well conditioned for the fight.
Quillin can really box, but it’s going to be a great show. However long that fight lasts, their fight should be very, very exciting.
RingTV.com: Who wins, Quillin or McEwan?
FR: I like Quillin at this point, because he may be too good of a boxer and too big of a puncher for McEwan.
McEwan is never in shape and he’s a lazy fighter. They say that he’s not been lazy for this one, but we’ll see. I think that McEwan is a good boxer.
He fights as a southpaw instead of rightie all of the time, but the thing is, Quillin is a great puncher and he can get you out of there with either hand. And Quillin is a good boxer on top of that.
So I think that he’s more complete. It’s definitely a great fight and it should be very exciting.
RingTV.com: And you will not be in Quillin’s corner, correct?
FR: No, I’ve got Eric Brown with him, and I’m with Manny Pacquiao right now, so that’s my guy.
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