Philippines, 27 Sep 2021
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Justin disses Roach for back-talk


PhilBoxing.com



Team Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao’s long-time strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune swears he’ll never set foot on the so-called hallowed grounds of the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles after Freddie Roach blamed him for the Filipino icon’s cramps during the recent fight against WBA welterweight super champion Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas.

“Mark my words, I’ll never work with Freddie again,” said Fortune in a no-holds-barred chat yesterday from his L. A. home. “He accused me for Manny’s loss to cover up his own inadequacies and didn’t do it to my face. Freddie made stupid statements, not even factual, about Manny running the hills at Griffith Park six days a week. He won’t tell it to my face and I think that’s being a coward. It’s pathetic. If I had something to say about Freddie, I’ll tell it to him straight, not through somebody else.”

Fortune said he was surprised that physiotherapist Dr. Sean Hampton worked on Pacquiao’s legs in the dressing room 30 minutes before the fight. “I think Freddie brought him in a week or a few weeks before,” he said. “I don’t know if he’s ever worked with a fighter or an elite athlete before. All I know is you don’t touch a fighter 30 minutes before a fight, certainly not to massage his legs. You want a fighter like a cat on a hot tin roof, not with loose legs. That’s a perfect formula to get cramps right away and it’s exactly what happened.”

Before the Friday weigh-in, Pacquiao took Wednesday off then ran sprints the next day and even went on a treadmill for about 20 minutes on the day of the weigh-in. “You do all that to drop weight so you can eat before the weigh-in,” he said. “Manny broke out to do sprints on Thursday and maybe he shouldn’t have but he likes to win and he probably felt it would be good to do it. He came in at 146 at the weigh-in. It’s hard to say why cramps set in. Manny just had a bad night, it happens to the best of champions, especially with the ring rust and two years of inactivity.”

Fortune wasn’t in Pacquiao’s corner for the fight. Roach, Buboy Fernandez and cutman Mike Rodriguez were. But Fortune said there was trouble in the corner. “I couldn’t understand why Mike wasn’t in the middle during the timeouts because Manny had a cut over his eye and a cut on his cheek,” he said. “Freddie and Buboy were talking over each other so it got messy.” Roach blamed Fernandez for talking so loudly that Pacquiao couldn’t hear his instructions. Fernandez said he should’ve been allowed to be in the middle more often to attend to Pacquiao’s legs but came in only once. Roach and Fernandez didn’t seem to be on the same page.

Fortune said it’s up to Pacquiao whether to fight once more or not. “Personally, I don’t want Manny to retire with a loss,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind a rematch with Ugas. I think Manny should be able to beat him with no more ring rust. Let’s face it, if Manny weren’t in condition, he wouldn’t have lasted 12 rounds even with cramps. It was just a bad night. I wouldn’t mind working with Buboy whom I love and Marvin (Somodio) who’s decent and respectful. Buboy and I worked with Manny for the (Lucas) Matthyssee fight and Manny scored a knockout. It was a great camp without Freddie. I’m hoping we can do that again.”


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Joaquin Henson.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • SPORTS SHORTS 227: OLEKSANDR USYK SHOCKS ANTHONY JOSHUA, BECOMES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FROM BEING UNDISPUTED CRUISERWEIGHT KING
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Mon, 27 Sep 2021
  • Lim wins GM Balinas Memorial Open Chess Tournament
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Mon, 27 Sep 2021
  • Undefeated super lightweight prospect Adrian “Tonka” Sosa pitches shutout in impressive ring return
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • PCAP: Laguna Heroes edge Cavite Spartans
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • Sarpa set for pro debut
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • Yapp Beats Gomez to Win CSI Michigan Open 10-Ball Championship
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • RayJay Bermudez & Francis Hogan Register impressive knockouts
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • RUMBLE IN THE ROSE DISTRICT UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • RICKY "EL CASTIGO" MEDINA LOOKS TO SHINE TONIGHT IN FLORESVILLE TX
    , Sun, 26 Sep 2021
  • SPORTS SHORTS 226: MARK MAGSAYO IS ORDERED MANDATORY CHALLENGER TO GARY RUSSEL BY THE WBC
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • Terry McGovern: The Terror of Brooklyn
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • SAUL SANCHEZ SHOCKS UNDEFEATED JA’RICO O’QUINN WITH DRAMATIC FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION®
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • Hall of Famer Hohmann Survives Shootout to Stay Alive in CSI Michigan Open
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • Bernardino beats Batara in the Beat the Master Chess Challenge Chess For A Cause Match Up Series
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • WEIGHTS, RUNNING ORDER AND IMAGES FROM JOSHUA VS. USYK WEIGH-IN
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • World 10-Ball Champion Kaçi Remains Undefeated at CSI Michigan Open
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • PROBELLUM SIGNS CO-PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH AFRICAN GIANTS BOX OFFICE SPORTS
    , Sat, 25 Sep 2021
  • PROBELLUM ANNOUNCES MULTI-FIGHT, MULTI-YEAR CO-PROMOTIONAL WITH TEAM ELLIS BOXING
    , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • Another path for Casimero
    By Joaquin Henson, , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • THE TALES OF BOXING'S QUARANTINE KING - AUSSIE BOXINGS TONY TOLJ
    , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • Undercard And Final Weights From Salita Promotions ‘rumble In The Rose District’ Shobox: The New Generation Tripleheader From Broken Arrow, OK
    , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • “Fight Night on the Charles at Moseley’s II” OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
    , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • Gaballo honored to fight Donaire
    By Joaquin Henson, , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • Joe Hand Promotions and Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia Present Professional Boxing Thursday, November 18 at the New Live! Event Center
    , Fri, 24 Sep 2021
  • Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent: chess king Magnus Carlsen
    , Thu, 23 Sep 2021




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2021 philboxing.com.