According to Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, the boxer will use his upcoming fight against Brandon Rios to punish members of the Rios camp who mocked Roach’s speech. The coach is affected by Parkinson’s disease.
The fallout from Wednesday’s physical altercation between Roach and the Rios camp continued yesterday, with Roach saying Pacquiao had watched video of the heated incident in which Roach was kicked and his speech mocked.
The 53 year-old Roach was kicked by former co-worker and Pacquiao cornerman Alex Ariza — now in the Rios camp assisting head trainer Robert Garcia — and while ‘La Cucaracha’ – as Roach is called – initially called for police to arrest Ariza, he laughed off the seriousness of the confrontation a day later.
The fight, taking place this Sunday, (Saturday night U.S. time, with an undercard beginning at 7 p.m. ET) will be Pacquiao’s first since getting savagely knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez back in December 2012.
YouWager experts know that Pacquiao is eager to restore his standing in the boxing world after successive losses versus Marquez and a much-criticized judging decision in favor of Tim Bradley.