Freddie Roach has worked with both Anderson
Silva and Georges St.
Pierre, but his loyalty would lie with GSP if the two were to
In an interview with the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Rewind” show, Roach discussed the potential
matchup, Silva’s striking and more.
On how St. Pierre and Silva matchup: “If they
fight, the size difference is, I think, possibly too much. But the
thing is, if they did fight, I do know the style of Anderson very
well. I know how he thinks a little bit. I know how he likes to lay
on the ropes and how he likes to counterpunch a lot. We’d have to
come up with the perfect game plan and we’d have to fight a perfect
fight to win that one. There’s nothing impossible in the world. ...
Georges is definitely my guy and I’d train him to win that fight.
We’d do the best we can, and I’ll you one thing: It would be a
On why Silva didn’t impress Roach at first when training at
Roach’s gym: “[Silva spars] like Manny Pacquiao.
[Pacquiao] doesn’t blow me away in the gym either because Manny’s
about 30-40 percent also. Guys with that talent, they don’t really
need to use everything they have. They save it for the fight.
They’re veterans. It’s not bad. It’s just part of life. ... [Silva
is] a very talented guy. The thing about Anderson, he understands
distance and timing a little bit better than most at least in the
boxing field. I learned that he was just toying with my guys
because when I saw him fight for real, he was a whole different
guy. When he wants to turn it up, he’s the best.”
On where Silva’s power comes from: “His power
comes actually from the timing of his shots and the distance. To
knock somebody out, you have to be in the perfect place [and have]
the perfect distance and the perfect timing. You catch a guy coming
into the shot and so forth. He makes it look easy, but it’s just
about timing and distance. He’s really just a master at that. When
he came into my gym and he was boxing with some of my heavyweights,
he was laying on the ropes and just kind of teasing them a little
bit, giving them a little bit of success and then turning that
success into disaster. He’s very good at that.”
On how he forms a standup strategy for his
fighters: “You’re setting traps up and so forth and you’re
trying to walk [opponents] into combinations. Really what I watch
is people’s habits and not their mistakes. What they do all the
time, the moves they make when you throw a particular punch -- he
blocks it this way or that way. Once you get the habits down of a
fighter, it’s pretty much something they can’t stay away from or
they can’t not do it. Once you learn that, it’s very effective of
course. I don’t look for mistakes because anyone can make a
mistake. I look for their habits. ... It’s really a lot of studying
of tapes. You have to watch it over and over and over again and
watch if he does it with southpaws and right-handed fighters, if he
has the same habits.
“It’s a little bit difficult. Like when I was studying [Floyd]
Mayweather for Pacquiao, Mayweather doesn’t have a lot of flaws,
but he does have a couple of habits. If he fights a southpaw, he
dips into the power of the southpaw, which is a big mistake by him
and I think that’s why he doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquiao
because he doesn’t like fighting quick left-handed fighters.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 53:36).