Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach knows a few things about politics as well. He trains the hardest hitting Senator in the world after all, Manny Pacquiao.
Three days before the U.S. citizens make a huge decision at the ballot box, the freshman Senator for the Philippines ( oh and 8 division world champ) will be in Las Vegas to challenge world welterweight titleholder Jesse Vargas.
Before Roach departed for Manila to set up training camp for the November 5 showdown, he offered astute insight into tonight’s much anticipated presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, projected to be the most watched political event ever.
After all the pundits on all the networks, cable shows and podcasts have weighed in, it seems natural that in this campaign year that feels as pugilistic and as it does political, that the 7 time Trainer of the Year should have a say of what to expect if he were working either corner.
“It’s been a dirty fight so far so that’s what you have to be prepared for. Punches will be thrown below the belt. Lots of jabs. They will be butting heads. And you can certainly expect to have your foot stepped on. The rule of thumb is this. Protect yourself at all times. If something is working, keep on doing it. Standing around admiring your work is a big mistake. You have to stick and move. I expect the first debate to go the distance but don’t be surprised to see some knockdowns. Conditioning and ring generalship may prove to be the key factors on Monday night.”
Roach and Pacquiao might even take a break to tune in.
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