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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Coach Roach calls ultimate Mayweather bluff on Pacquiao bout

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Boxing Examiner | Michael Marley

PARIS—Coach Freddie Roach's bits of brilliance are not limited to the square ring.

His intelligence goes beyond the funky four corners of the Wild Card Gym.

I've long thought, and told Roach so, that I think he could run a great boxing promotional company. Maybe we call it No Joke Coach Roach Promotions or Winter Hill Gang Boxing (sorry, that is a Boston in joke at least in gangland).

But credit Roach for thinking outside the box and outside the ring with his verbal pearl just dropped on the nationally televised Jim Rome Show.

Romey The Homie was grilling Manny Pacquiao's mentor about why Pacman would spun a random blood test at any time when he could garner $40 million to fight the boted drug crusader, Floyd Kill Joy Mayweather Jr.

Fair question, and Topic A in boxing for too long. Rome wanted to get past the stock answer about Manny's aversion to needle pricks, as opposed to regular pricks, so close to a bout.

And Roach, who went to jab and duck school but not law school, came up with a Solomonic solution to the dispute between the respective camps, a way to make the fight the worldwide public demands a reality.

Let Mayweather drop his random blood tests at all times demands and, on his side, Pacquiao will drop his pending litigation against L'il Floyd and his mudslinging acolytes.

Here's what Roach told Rome:

His thoughts on drug testing…

“The thing is that we have never flunked a test before. We have tested before and after every fight. If we were on steroids we wouldn’t pass. It’s not like there isn’t testing and it’s not like they just test you some times. If you are in a title fight they test you every time and the commission has been doing that for a long time. The Olympic style drug testing they couldn’t guarantee that they wouldn’t do it the day before the fight. That’s an issue because Manny Pacquiao doesn’t like giving blood. I told him that that they can do urine, saliva, hair test, and any test in the world that would show exactly the same thing as blood. You see when he gets cut he doesn’t handle it well. He doesn’t like blood. I would but the thing is that everyone knows that he blames when he lost to Morales the first time because he had to give blood the day before the fight. I lose him for about three days. He’s not as strong. I’m not sure about that. He just feels that it’s in his head that it affects him for like three days and then he starts feeling better after that.”

His thoughts on Mayweather’s mission to clean up the sport…

“I think that Mayweather is going to let the commission do their job just as they always do. He said that he wants to clean the sport up but I don’t think steroids are that used in boxing to be honest. It’s part of our life and the society that we live in today. Again, let the commission do their job and we aren’t going to let Mayweather run the show, that’s for sure. That’s giving the first two rounds away. Why would I do that? The next thing you know he’ll be saying we are fighting with 16 ounce gloves or in two minute rounds. We’re going to go with what the commission says and I’m sure there is going to be a tradeoff between Manny dropping the lawsuit and him dropping the drug test.”

That's a beautiful concept, I say, a fair way to move on and make the Big Fight, the welterweight answer to Ali-Frazier.

I think the immediate silence from the Mayweather/Golden Boy camp will be deafening at least until May 2, a day after Mayweather beats Sugar Shane Mosley like a recalcitrant mule.

Of course, please note I have picked a few (million) bouts incorrectly before. In that case, making Mosley agasinst Pacquiao will be a piece of cake.

Finally, while saluting Roach for this settlement solution, let me ask this pertinent question: if totally random blood testing is so great, so comprehensive and so effective at catching the filthy scofflaws, then pray tell how many have been nabbed in the past eight years of so called Olmypic style testing?

Roach's equitable solution is simple, Mayweather makes blood test concession, Manny drops pending litgation

One is the loneliest number, just a single scofflaw, some British rugby player caught juicing it up with HGH I read.

Big bleeping deal, I say. Is this that more effective than totally random, whenever you want urine tests which Pacman agreed to right off the bat?

Roach has thrown down the gauntlet and done it cleverly.

What say you, Merry Mayweathers?

I can't hear you.

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