Anatomy of a Fight, Part Three: the Training of a Champion (Vanity Fair)

This is the third installment of a series on the December 6 matchup between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Read Parts one and two here.

Before his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., in 2007, Oscar De La Hoya turned to his trainer Freddie Roach in the dressing room and said, “I will never fight again without you in my corner.” Soon after, De La Hoya fired him. Roach first heard of this decision not from De La Hoya himself but from ESPN reporter Dan Rafael, in the lobby of a hotel. (De La Hoya claims Roach gave him the wrong strategy for the fight. Roach says De La Hoya deviated from the plan in the later rounds and “fought his own fight.”)….Full Story