Freddie Roach (left) engages Manny Pacquiao in a mitt training session. AFP FILE PHOTO

    Freddie Roach (left) engages Manny Pacquiao in a mitt training session. AFP FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach bagged his sixth Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Eddie Futch Trainer of the Year award on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

    Roach, 53, also trained Ruslan Provodnikov for his fight against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley in June last year. Though the Russian lost to Bradley via unanimous decision, he later bounced back under Roach’s tutelage by scoring a 10th round knockout against Mike Alvarado late last year.

    “It’s good to be back,” Roach said in a statement to The LA Times. “We had one year off when it seemed like nothing going our way. But last year it all came together again. I represent the collective effort of the most talented and hardest working fighters and assistant trainers in the world. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”

    After losing to Bradley via split decision and absorbing a terrible sixth round knockout from archrival Juan Manuel Marquez last year, Roach helped Pacquiao regain his fighting form against Brandon Rios. Pacquiao soundly defeated Rios signaling his return to reclaim his status as the pound-for-pound king.

    Roach is now also the chief trainer of Puerto Rican slugger Miguel Cotto, who KOed Delvin Rodriguez in October last year.

    Roach also won the BWAA Trainer of the Year award in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    The BWAA also honored Top Rank Promotions publicist Lee Samuels and broadcaster Bob Sheridan for long and distinguished service, injured boxer Paul Williams for courage and ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael (Nat Fleisher Award) for excellence in boxing journalism.


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