One of the really truly “good guys” in sport has been given an award that he deserves: Freddie Roach is in the boxing Hall of Fame. Widely considered as the finest trainer in boxing today, Roach has been elected to the 2012 class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF). 12 others made the list.
Roach is most popularly known for his association with Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. He has won the Boxing Writers Association Trainer of the year a record 5 times, and has worked the corner of more than 20 world titlists including, aside from Pacquiao, James Toney, Virgil Hill, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Moorer, Israel Vasquez, Gerry Penalosa and Amir Khan.
“I’d like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, who voted for me and congratulate those inducted with me,” Roach said in a report by espn.com.