Freddie Roach continues to battle Parkinson’s, suicidal thoughts

By on April 22, 2015 May 2, when Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring against Floyd Mayweather, he’ll be entering the greatest battle of his life. By then, his trainer, Freddie Roach, will have fully implemented a plan to bring down the undefeated boxer. And if Roach’s plan works, both fighter and trainer will have secured their legacies.

“With Parkinson’s, sometimes you wake up and think, ‘Why the f— did they pick me?'” Roach told The Telegraph. “But, you know, that’s part of life.”

For Roach, one of the most difficult aspects is the medication, which “helps in a bad way.” In his interview with The Telegraph, Roach spoke about being in hotel rooms for long periods of time and thinking about committing suicide by jumping out of the hotel room’s windows.

“I have a new neurologist and I told him that sometimes I think about killing myself,” Roach said. “He asked me why and I said, ‘It’s just f—— difficult sometimes dealing with this s—.’ He said maybe I should see a psychologist. I said, ‘Doc, I’m just kidding. I might think about it but I would never hurt myself. I am not that brave.'” Read more…

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