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Roach Explain$ The Selfie

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You are likely aware that some heavyweight combos have been exchanged through proxy media by Teddy Atlas and Coach Freddie Roach, trainers to Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, who violently renew their acquaintance April 9 in Las Vegas, and on pay per view.

Among the jabs thrown by the pugilistic pride of Staten Island (on the tutorial side, 175 ace Marcus Browne is now a top 20-top 15 light heavyweight) Atlas was that Freddie indulged in selfie silliness.

He referenced Roach snapping a pic of him and his mega famous client Pacman while they ambled to the ring to get tested by Floyd Mayweather last May.

You will never see me engaging in such conduct, Atlas gently thundered.

I chatted with Roach today and made clear, both he and Atlas have over the years been generous with their time to me, and both rep the sport beyond well. I am not looking to be the bearer of the beefing trading…but yes, I’m curious, what was the story on that selfie, Freddie?

The Massachusetts native explained, and made sense in doing so, with the subject of dollars helping me achieve a state of clarity on the matter.

“That selfie was at Manny’s request. He got $500,000 for it, I got $300,000. He couldn’t do it, he was wearing gloves,” Roach told me.

Wait…that is Kardashian territory. Who was the payer?

“It was a Samsung phone,” Roach said.

Makes sense, now, that we know about the motivation behind it. Would Atlas go for that deal? Fun to ponder…

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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