Boxing Writers Association of America seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach unleashed another verbal jab at Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying that the latter won’t match the legendary Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record.
“Mayweather Jr. may be two victories shy of tying Rocky Marciano’s record [49-0] but I can assure you Mayweather’s party will end on May 2,” Roach said in an email interview facilitated by Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg. “Marciano’s record will remain just that – the record.”
“Mayweather will forever be known as Mr. 47 and 1.”
Roach, 55, said that his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao would beat Mayweather, the reigning World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight titleholder on May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marciano, unbeaten in 49 fights with 43 knockouts, was the World heavyweight champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano died in a plane crash on August 31, 1969 at the age of 45.
Roach earlier taunted Mayweather “Flipper” for
adding swimming into his training regimen.
Roach said that Pacquiao is the emerging favorite ahead of the megabout.
“It doesn’t take a lot to figure out why everyone is rooting for Manny,” Roach added. “Just look at which fighter has the most endorsements going into this fight and why. When Manny beats Mayweather it won’t only be about unifying the welterweight titles, it will also be a public service to boxing.”