Plus, he's funny and a really nice guy.
All of which is compelling, but it doesn't make Roach SI.com's Trainer of the Year.
What makes him
Manny is a much more complete fighter now -- with a full range of offensive weapons and a superb sense of pace and control of distance in the ring -- and with Roach's guidance he executed the perfect game plans against both Hatton and Cotto. And no sooner had Cotto been dispatched than Roach was laying the foundation for Pacquiao's next bout, against
But Roach is far from a one-man (or Manny) show. Over the past year, he has done very good work with a number of fighters. Foremost, perhaps, is
But Kahn's management brought the 23-year-old to Roach immediately after that bout, and the trainer has undertaken a complete rebuilding project.
Even Roach has said that they're "only halfway there" so far, but the signs are encouraging. After disposing of a sadly-over-the-hill
And then there's
Last Saturday night, on the Pavlik undercard, another Roach fighter, junior middleweight
In the end, though, it all comes back to Manny. He is unquestionably the Man in the sport right now. And Roach is the man behind the Man. That says it all.