Sunday, February 14, 2010

Roach: Paulie 'little stiff'' for Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines -- Manny Pacquiao’s outspoken trainer Freddie Roach took a swipe at Italian-American boxer Paulie Malignaggi, who slammed the Filipino champ for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

In an interview with, Roach threw a verbal jab against the “Magic Man” while explaining Pacquiao’s decision to face challenger Joshua Clottey of Ghana.

“We have to fight challengers out there. [Floyd] Mayweather [Jr.] didn't happen and we couldn't pick Paulie Malignaggi… you know he's a little ‘stiff’,” said the American trainer.

Pacquiao was supposed to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title. But when talks collapsed between the two camps, the Filipino decided to take on Clottey.

Roach said he never considered Malignaggi as a “quality opponent”.

“[Malignaggi is one of] those little guys with big mouths but can't fight. We have to fight a quality opponent,” he said.

Malignaggi has been echoing Mayweather’s allegation that Pacquiao’s recent victories might have been helped by PEDs.

In an interview over Boxing Truth Radio with Ricardo Lois and John Chavez, Malignaggi claimed that Pacquiao is too small to crush “world-class killers.”

“He gets a broken eardrum [after Miguel Cotto] and yet, he is walking around afterwards like he was dodging spit balls. There are things out there that can do that,” said the Italian-American.

“You’re hiding under a rock if you can’t see what I am talking about. This is a guy who was life and death with Juan Manuel Marquez at 120 pounds and now, he’s got 15 to 17 pounds of muscle on him. Look at how short he is. He didn’t get taller, did he?” Malignaggi added.

Although he won his last bout over Juan Diaz via a unanimous decision, Malignaggi has lost 2 of his last 4 matches.

The Italian-American boxer lost to Britain’s Ricky Hatton by technical knockout (TKO) in 2008 before winning over Christopher Fernandez of the US in 2009. Four months later, he lost to Diaz by points before exacting revenge on the Mexican-American late 2009.

In contrast, Pacquiao has demolished his last 4 opponents.

Before beating Miguel Cotto by TKO last November, Pacquiao knocked out Hatton in 2 rounds. The Filipino also outpunched boxing great Oscar de la Hoya in 2008 after stopping David Diaz 6 months earlier.


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