No media interview for Pacman sparmates – Roach

Freddie Roach (left) drills Manny Pacquiao using focus mitts. AFP FILE PHOTO

Freddie Roach (left) drills Manny Pacquiao using focus mitts. AFP FILE PHOTO

Trainer Freddie Roach has ordered Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners to stay away from media interviews until the fight between his prized pupil and undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada was over.

“All of Manny’s sparring partners have signed non-disclosure agreements and cannot do interviews,” Roach told The Manila Times in an interview facilitated by Top Rank Promotion publicist Fred Sternburg on Tuesday.

Roach was pertaining to Pacquiao sparring partners Kenneth Sims Jr. and Dashon Johnson.

“I would prefer not to discuss specifics on Manny’s sparring partners until after the fight. We have to keep everything secret especially the game plan,” Roach added.

Roach explained that Sims and Johnson were picked because of their fighting attributes that would sharpen Pacquiao in his fight against Mayweather.

“Manny’s sparring partners have all been selected to hone specific weapons in Manny’s arsenal,” said Roach.

Sims, 21, boasts of 5-0 fight record as a boxer.

Johnson, 27, holds a 15-19-3 (5 knockouts) record as a pug. He is not only a boxer but also a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Also known as “Flyboy,” Johnson holds an MMA record of 9-2-0. Johnson previously fought in the Xplode Fight Series and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Just letting you know I will not be answering any questions at this time. Manny has personally asked everyone to keep all media and questions and things similar away at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience,” Johnson said when contacted by The Manila Times for an interview.


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  1. So 2 sparring partners with little to zero power & they arnt allowed to speak to the media, hhhmmmm what are they scared of.
    Now dahon is a super middleweight rated almost 200 in the world. He is 5′ 9″ & only scored 5 kos. But his power would be quite high at welterweight.
    Now simms is a lightweight & rated outside the worlds top 400. Hes very tall though at 5′ 10″. I would imagine hes there for his speed. I hope roach is using the right sparring partners for manny as remember floyd is no ordinary fighter.
    But not long to go now until we all know who the better fighter is.