Roach worried Pacquiao may get sick before fight

Posted at 04/04/2014 3:31 PM

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach is apprehensive about the possibility of Manny Pacquiao getting ill at the most critical week leading to the Filipino superstar’s title fight.

Roach suspects that his prized fighter is not getting adequate rest since he receives a lot of friends in his house after training.

"I was at Manny's house the other night and I saw no less than 35 people there chatting with Manny, dining with him and I guess several of them live there with him," the boxing coach told Eddie Alinea in a report in Philboxing.

"I don't know anyone of them. That, of course, is taboo to one preparing for a fight, a very important fight that might spell the difference between continuing his career or hanging his gloves altogether," he added.

Pacquiao is due to challenge Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight belt on April 12, which is just over a week away.

Roach stressed that it is crucial for the Filipino boxer to stay healthy so as not to hamper their preparations against Bradley.

He said the boxer is vulnerable to infections, especially after his training session when his immune system is down. Roach believes Pacquiao puts himself at risk whenever he meets lots of people during his down time.

"We all know Manny to be very accommodating. He doesn't know how to say no, really," said Roach. "What I've been saying and I'm saying this again, people should realize that their friend is a boxer who needs all the rest he could get, especially when training for a fight."

"What I've been saying is, he can't afford to contact another sickness, no matter how mild it is."

Roach said their training was slightly hampered when Pacquiao was hit with a sinus infection midway through his camp. This forced the boxer to skip four days of training.

"Manny's not as sharp yet as we wanted him to be at this stage because of a four-day snag caused by that sinus infection, but he's recovering fast," he said.