Roach shrugs off Pacquiao's tax problems
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is confident that Manny Pacquiao's numerous issues outside of the boxing ring will not affect his performance against Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9.
In an interview with RingTV, Roach revealed he has talked to Pacquiao about his problems with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) as well as the changes he has made in his lifestyle.
"I've talked to Manny. There won't be any distractions," Roach said. "He said he's going to stay out of the bars and the clubs. He’s going to stay away from the gambling."
Following his difficult majority decision win against rival Juan Manuel Marquez last November, Pacquiao has famously dropped all of his vices and experienced a renewal of faith.
But earlier this March, the BIR filed charges against Pacquiao for failing to submit certain documents. The boxer has criticized the tax agency and vowed to fight the charges against him.
"I just think that his political people are saying that there are problems, but that’s just how politics are," Roach said.
"I don't think there is a tax problem," he added.
Roach believes that their preparations for the upcoming Bradley fight will go smoothly, because "everything (Manny) says that he's going to do will make it easier for me."
As for Pacquiao's renewed faith clashing with his violent sport, Roach said his prized pupil has assured him it will not be a problem.
"The part where he said God and boxing might not go together, he told me that he knows that God understands that it's a sport," Roach said.
Pacquiao himself assured his fans that once inside the ring, he is going to do his job against Bradley.