MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach joked that he’d have his prized ward Manny Pacquiao fight right-handed if it would convince Floyd Mayweather Jr. to step into the ring with the Filipino champion.
Roach said that aside from getting pressured in the ring, Mayweather’s other weakness is fighting southpaws.
“If it would bring Floyd into the ring, I’d agree to have Manny fight him right-handed," said the 52-year-old boxing coach in RingTV.
The hard-punching Pinoy fights on a southpaw stance, with most of his power punches coming from his left hand.
Roach also commented that Mayweather has also polished the “art of eluding” Pacquiao.
"I did not see the Mayweather-Cotto fight," said Pacquiao’s coach. "But I do know that Floyd’s slippery defense is now better outside the ring than inside the ring. But that is the path he has chosen."