Legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach jeered at Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s addition of swimming into his training regimen for his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We should start calling him Floyd ‘Flipper’ Mayweather,” Roach, a seven-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year awardee said in an email interview facilitated by Top Rank publicist Fred Sternburg.
“Team Mayweather would be wise to add a lifeguard to their corner on fight night because Manny is taking ‘Mr. 47 and 1’ into deep waters.”
Mayweather recently posted a video showing him doing laps in a swimming pool under the supervision of Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza.
In 2013, Ariza kicked Roach in the chest in a fracas four days before Pacquiao fought Brandon Rios. The incident started after Roach and Rios’ trainer Robert Garcia got into an argument on the use of a gym.
“Swimming lessons or whatever he thinks he is doing will not help him survive the shark-infested waters he will be entering on May 2,” added Roach. “I’m betting his little buddy Justin Bieber will be walking him into the ring singing this: TV Theme Flipper.”
Meanwhile, Top rank boss Bob Arum continued to praise Pacquiao’s gain in training.
“I’m absolutely satisfied and we’re ahead of the schedule. This training is better compared to 2008 when Manny faced and defeated Oscar Dela Hoya,” Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Manny doesn’t want to stop training. He’s very inspired.”