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February 15, 2007

Roach scorches Arum

Trainer Freddie Roach took the gloves off in what could become an ugly feud with Top Rank's Bob Arum.
Roach, who earlier this week was named the 2006 Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, ripped Arum in an interview with Lisa Scott of Fightnews.com for his handling of Manny Pacquiao, whom Roach trains.
Roach tells Scott that Arum chose Jorge Solis as Pacquiao's opponent on April 14 without getting his opinion.
"I have no idea who he is," Roach said of Solis. "You know, they accepted him as an opponent without seeing a tape on the guy. No one knows who he is. They saw his record of 32-0 and said: ‘He's OK,' and that's unethical on Bob Arum's part."
Roach will be in Oscar De La Hoya's training camp when the Pacquiao fight occurs, so don't be surprised if Arum tries to use his absence to drive a wedge between the fighter and trainer.

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