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New HBO Series Casts Light on Freddie Roach

A closer look at the man behind Pacquiao
by Gelo Gonzales | Oct 29, 2012
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If you loved seeing them boxers prepare for a fight in HBO’s 24/7 series, then chances are you’ll also love HBO’s new show, On Freddie Roach. Helmed by Friday Night Lights creator, Peter Berg, the six-episode, cinéma-vérité (translation: shaky shots) series about Pacquiao’s mentor, Roach, premieres on HBO tonight at 10 PM, and on HBO HD at 11 PM, with new episodes airing weekly at the same time. 



On Freddie Roach follows the trainer’s life as he goes about his business at the world-famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, routine trips to the doctor’s office (he suffers from Parkinson’s), and living with his mom at age 52—amongst other things that world-famous boxing coaches do. It’s meant to be an all-access, behind-the scenes profiling of a fascinating character that we mostly know as that guy who whispers fight secrets to Pacquiao and his other championship-caliber fighters during fights.

Now, we get to know Roach the man, his stories growing up with an abusive father, being trained by Joe Frazier’s trainer, Eddie Futch, and that moment when he broke his hand that swung his path from talented fighter to champion-maker.  

For starters, how about some interesting tidbits about the white-haired legend? We'll also see him soon enough working the corner at Pacquiao’s next (and hopefully, last) encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez, but for now, you can click on the next page to check out Freddie by the numbers:

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WORDS BY GELO GONZALES
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