Top trainer Roach talks Pacquiao-Cotto, Mayweather and more
Hall of Fame trainer
Over the past eight years, Roach has overseen Pacquiao's historic ascent up the sport's weight hierarchy, helping the charismatic Filipino become the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different divisions. Currently, Roach is preparing Pacquiao for his stiffest challenge yet: a showdown with WBO welterweight champion
We're not reinventing the wheel here. But Manny is getting better and better all the time because I'll show him the habits that the opponent has, and he knows the counter-punch to use to take advantage of that habit -- because there are certain moves that Cotto makes. Every time you do this, he does that. We're just coming up with a better strategy and Manny, at this point in his career, can fight the fight I want him to fight. At one time, he'd get hit and he'd get a little reckless and so forth, but he's mature enough now to follow the game plan.
What I mainly look for is habits. I look for habits: things that he cannot stop doing. There are good habits and bad habits. The good habits, I get Manny to work on staying away from; his bad habits, we take advantage of. That's pretty much my outlook. You never know what you're really going to get because styles make fights. But you get people like Ricky Hatton, who had so many bad habits, we just took advantage of them right away. Cotto has a couple that we're going to take advantage of also I feel. I'm sure they're doing the same thing also on their side.