By Gilbert Manzano
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Freddie Roach has no problem with being called our co-coach Manny Pacquiao. The famous coach shares duties with Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao's longtime friend.
After a short break, Roach re-joined the Pacquiao corner for the bout against Adrien Broner in January. Fernandez, however, was the one who worked the center for the victory against Broner.
Often the place where the center is in the center is reserved for the head coach.
For the camp against Keith Thurman, Roach said that he is the one who calls the shots and that in the middle position will become night combat. Thurman and Pacquiao will meet for weight weight WBA title in July 20 at Grand MGM Arena Garden in Las Vegas.
“It's going to be a co-coach,” Roach told DornScene.com Wednesday about his official title. “I've always been a head coach. I lost one battle and then (Pacquiao) asked me if Buboy could work middle (for the Broner battle), but I'm still the boss. I am the one who runs the training camp still.
“Fernandez has never worked on the middle, so only giving him an experience, but as we are in a very hard battle this time we feel, I'll be in the middle.
Pacquiao made a unanimous decision in a smooth fight against Broner. Team Pacquiao expects a tougher battle against Thurman, who has an WBA belt and a former unified list on 147 pounds.
Fernandez was promoted to head coach nearly two years ago after Pacquiao fell into a controversial decision for Jeff Horn in Australia. Behind Fernandez's leadership, Pacquiao recorded his first win in nine years against Lucas Matthysse last year.
“Manny Pacquiao has T-Rex arms,” said Thurman. “I don't know if you've noticed, it has those small T-Rex arms that. He had a hard time beating Jeff Horn, and he believes he will knock Keith Thurman up. ”
Roach was not holding back against Thurman during Wednesday's news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“We're going to destroy you,” said Roach on the podium when pointing in Thurman.
Thurman said that Pacquiao has slowed down a lot in the last few years. Roach did not agree.
“It's not the perfect style, but the thing is that it's a good style,” Roach said about the matchup with Thurman. “Can punch, move a little, but can he keep up with Manny Pacquiao? I don't think so. Manny has a lot of speed over him. It's much faster with his footwork and his hand speed. We'll see how we're going. ”