The most interesting face off isn’t between the fighters, it’s between trainers Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas.
SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2016 – Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. participate in their final public news conference on Wednesday, April 6 leading up to Saturday’s pay per view match up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Watch it live here on Communities Digital News starting at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.
It’s a different story between their trainers, Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas. They just plain don’t like each other, and they dismiss each other’s training methods and abilities. Neither trainer is known for holding back on his thoughts. They are both blunt to a fault, which endears them to media and fans who always love a good trash-talking quote.
Roach has been working with Manny Pacquiao for 15 years. Teddy Atlas and Timothy Bradley Jr. have worked together for a single fight won by TKO before Saturday’s fight after Bradley asked Atlas to come out of retirement from his broadcasting job and work with him. It was a crazy enough idea to be successful, and it’s the intrigue of Atlas and his fired up personality breathing life into Pacquiao-Bradley III as the new variable in the equation.
In preview programs produced by HBO Boxing, the trainers have sounded off about each other. Atlas said, “I don’t care what he (Roach) thinks. I’ve been in the business 40 years, longer than him. I’m more than a passenger, more than a guy going along with something that I shouldn’t go along with,” describing what Atlas sees as the relationship between Roach and Manny Pacquiao.
Commenting on the interest generated in this bout by Atlas in part due to the now famous “Fireman” corner speech, Roach said of Bradley, “Does this kid really think that he’s a fireman now, and that’s he not afraid of fire? It just doesn’t work for me. I don’t agree with that style of training. That doesn’t make it right or wrong though … I’m from the Eddie Futch school, and he’s from the Cus D’Amato school, and Eddie and Cus really didn’t get along either.”
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The remainder of the week’s schedule of events and broadcasts for Pacquiao vs. Bradley III:
Wednesday, April 6
Pacquiao vs. Bradley III Final News Conference, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Thursday, April 7
Friday, April 8
Pacquiao vs. Bradley III Live Official Weigh-In, 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 9
Live Stream: Pacquiao-Bradley Non-Televised Undercards (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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