Freddie Roach: “That was no weigh-in, it was a Weight Watchers meeting”

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 29, 2006) — World-famous FREDDIE ROACH, trainer of MANNY PACQUIAO, couldn’t resist commenting on the World Boxing Council-sanctioned 30-day weigh-in Pacquiao and his opponent Erik Morales successfully completed recently. In front of a massive public audience in Mexico City, Morales tipped the scale at 142 lbs. Pacquiao weighed in at 138.75 lbs at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in front of the Pacquiao camp and a WBC-appointed supervisor.

“My goodness. I have never seen so many people surround one man to make sure he eats so little,” said Roach comparing his old school training group against Morales’ team of certified experts in all the various disciplines from Velocity Sports Performance Center. “That was no weigh-in, it was a Weight Watchers meeting,” continued Roach with tongue planted firmly in cheek. “I don’t know what Velocity has on his menu, but I guarantee you on November 18, Manny will be serving Erik a steady diet of Reyes leather all night long until he can eat no more.”

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