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Getting To Know Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach (born March 5, 1960 in Dedham, MA) is a boxing trainer and a former boxer. Roach is one of the most well-known boxing trainers in the world, having been voted Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2003, 2006 and 2008. He is currently the trainer of 6-division, pound for pound champion Manny Pacquiao, and WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Roach is the owner of the Wild Card Boxing Club/Gym in Los Angeles, and is currently one of the most popular trainers in boxing.

Roach’s prized ward is junior welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao. Roach once trained Oscar De La Hoya for his May 5, 2007 superfight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr..

He is currently training the mixed martial artist (MMA), former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski and was one of his primary trainers for Arlovski’s victory over Ben Rothwell on July 19 at Affliction’s inaugural show. He has also trained MMA fighter Dan Hardy for his fight with Marcus Davis at UFC 99.

He is also the current trainer for British Boxer Amir Khan, who became the WBA light welterweight World Champion on 18 July 2009, under Roach’s tutelage.

Roach suffers from Parkinson’s disease due to repeated blows to the head received during his boxing career. Roach severed a training relationship with Wayne McCullough due to McCullough’s insistence on continuing to fight despite a cyst on his brain. Roach also suffers from Dystonia. [via]

Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, “Expanded Category” (Managers & Trainers).
2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee (Non-Boxer)
2003, 2006, & 2008 Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year
2008 World Boxing Council (WBC) “Lifetime Achievement Award”


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