Renowned boxing trainer, Freddie Roach, has agreed to help the U.S.Olympic program in preparation for the 2012 games in London, England.
USA Boxing announced the partnership Saturday before Manny Pacquiao’s (Roach`s star pupil) fight against Shane Mosley. “It will be a privilege to be a part of the Olympic team,” said Roach.
At the press conference, Roach said he will be volunteering his services to help out national boxing coach Joe Zanders and USA Boxing, which has won just one gold medal in the past three Olympics combined.
Roach made it clear that while he will be traveling with the team, he won’t be in fighters’ corners during the bouts.
Roach believes that he’s capable of getting past any conflicts between the top amateur fighters’ personal coaches and the national team coaches. Those clashes are responsible for the poor rendering of the 2008 team, which won just one bronze medal in Beijing.
Roach first experienced the Olympics games as an amateur fighter back in 1976 during the Montreal Olympics. “I wanted to help the United States get some gold medals back to the United States. I feel like I have the experience and knowledge to help,” said Roach.
Having Freddie Roach on board to help the program is great news for USA boxing.