American trainer Freddie Roach has prohibited any form of filming and video documentary inside the Wild Card gym while prize-fighter Manny Pacquiao is in rigid training for his upcoming fight against undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Emmanuel Ferrer, a member of Team Pacquiao, said the 55-year-old Roach has implemented a strict order not to record the training routine of the Filipino eight-division world champion.
“Coach Freddie doesn’t care about history or anything else. He asked everybody, including us, inside the gym not to take video on Manny while he’s in training,” Ferrer told The Manila Times on Sunday a phone interview. “He doesn’t allow also any form of documentation during training.”
Ferrer said Roach simply wants the training and sparring sessions of Pacquiao to be private.
Pacquiao’s personal adviser Mike Koncz earlier said that the Wild Card gym is restricted to outsiders.
Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight titleholder, faces World Boxing Council and Super World Boxing Association welterweight champion Mayweather Jr. (47-0 record with 26 knockouts) in a unification match on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.
“Coach Freddie is so strict in training sessions because he really wants Manny to beat Floyd by knockout and I personally believe it is very possible [to happen]. Manny, for his part, is anxious in his first two weeks of training. He really wants to put everything in proper order. Manny is getting better everyday,” said Ferrer, one of Pacquiao’s jogging partners.
“There will be three to five sparring partners for Manny this coming week, but I do not have any idea who are they. This week it’s going to be a tough for him,” he added.