De La Hoya Chooses Freddie Roach as Trainer for Mayweather Fight
Oscar De La Hoya has done exactly the opposite of what renowned trainer Freddie Roach said he would do - select him to help train him for his upcoming super-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th.
As you all know, Floyd Mayweather Sr, De La Hoya’s usual trainer turned down an offer of up to $1 Millon to train Oscar, deciding to up the demands to $2 Million. The offer didn’t go well with De La Hoya and in the end he decided to go elsewhere for help. Money wasn’t the main factor in the decision however or at least that what’s Oscar says…
“I really didn’t feel he was going to be as passionate as I’m going to be,” De La Hoya said in a conference call from Puerto Rico, where he has begun conditioning work.
“How is he going to feel when we’re in the middle of training camp and some of his family members call him and say, `Don’t do it.’ I don’t want no distractions. This is the fight of my life.”
Mayweather Sr. has said that he wouldn’t mind helping his son train if an offer was made and De La Hoya has made it known that he wouldn’t mind reuniting father and son either:
“If he goes and trains his son, I’d actually be happy for his son,” De La Hoya said. “At least I did some good for the family. You hate to see a father and son apart for so many years.”
Roach for those who are unfamilar with him is the current trainer of Manny Pacquiao and has trained a wealth of others in the past, including Mike Tyson.
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