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Freddie Roach


Status: World renowned and respected owner of The Wildcard gym in Los Angeles, CA; and the trainer of boxing champions such as Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Guillermo Rigondeaux, James Toney, Felix Sturm.

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 150

Age: 49

Hobbies: “None [laughs].”

PreFight Feeling As Trainer: “Anxious.”

Early Boxing Memory: “Knocking Bobby Chacon down twice.”

Greatest Boxing Moment: “Manny Pacquiao beating Morales in second fight.”

Most Painful Moment: “Getting knocked out by Lenny Valdez.”

Favorite Movies: “The Natural – greatest movie ever made.”

Musical Tastes: “Buckcherry, Aimee Mann – I train both of them.”

Favorite Athletes To Watch: “Shaq, Charles Barkley. Andre Agassi. I played with him once in Vegas.”

Closest Boxing Friends: “Right now, Alex Ariza, Manny Pacquiao. I’m friends with everyone. I don’t have any enemies.
Except Roger Mayweather. Asshole. Write that, I want you to. ”

Funniest Boxers: “Boom Boom Mancini. Manny Pacquiao loves to play jokes on everyone.”

Favorite Meal: “Steak and vegetables.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Only eat healthy, umm, Bran Flakes.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “I don’t take vacations.”

What about when you travel with a fighter, what are some places you really found interesting and fun? “Germany’s really
nice, Russia was nice. Austria. I trained Klitschko for five fights.”

First Car: “’68 Cutlass Supreme. 300 bucks. I cut grass all summer to get that thing.”

Childhood Dream: “To become world champion.”

Interesting Fact About You: “Class president. My junior and senior years (smiles).”

Future Ambition: “Make world champions.”

First Job: “Paperboy (age 8).”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Eddie Futch, my dad, my mom. Pacquiao’s work ethic.”

Boxing Inspirations: “Eddie Futch is my mentor, he had the biggest impact.”

Nicknames: “When I was a fighter, they called me Choirboy, the Babyface Assassin.”

Favorite TV Show: “Three ladies, ummm, no, Two and a Half Men.”

Favorite Web Sites: “I don’t have a computer. No e-mail, no computer.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Coffee chip. They got it across the street from my hotel – I’m relieved (smiles).”

Worst Injury From Boxing: “Broke my right hand, almost ended my career.”

What brings you the most joy in life: “Winning. I love to win. Losing sucks.”

Current Car: “Mercedes. Don’t know the exact model, but it’s a nice car.”

Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: “Golf.”

Favorite Golfer: “Tiger Woods (smiles).”

BoxingInsider.com reporter Kenneth Lundgren contributed to this report.

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