Freddie Roach suffers from parkinsons disease, which he developed late into his professional boxing career. Freddie had all the symptoms of parkingson and his long term trainer refused to work with him, after he heard the news. Instead of accepting the news and retiring, Freddie did what most boxers would do. He continued to box and attempted to win fights and combat parkinsons at the same time.
Freddie’s condition seemed to worsen dramatically for a few years around a decade ago. However it seems as though he remains rather normal over the past few years. This is through all the television interviews and documentaries he makes for his fighters and across various cable networks. I’m not sure if its worse or not, but I do know that I can’t see much of a difference.
This is just another example of the battles boxers face. Despite being in heavy pain during bouts, to entertain the audience, defeats can last a long time. The long term effects of boxing can follow someone for the rest of their lives. This kind of makes it more remarkable for older veterans of the sport such as Bernard Hopkins who are fighting into their father time years.
Freddie Roach is expected to make over a million dollars for training Manny Pacquiao in the super fight this weekend. He takes home one of the highest purses in the history of professional boxing trainers. He is arguably the greatest trainer of all time. He understands the sport inside out and it has been great to see his relationship with Manny evolve over the years, which now resembles a father and son relationship.
Regardless of the outcome this weekend, Freddie Roach can hold his head high. He is a future instant Hall of Famer and will be widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, trainer in the history of boxing.