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Roach, Jackson praise boxing training to fight Parkinson’s

July 18, 2019

Fight trainer Freddie Roach and the Rev. Jesse Jackson — a recent convert to boxing training — talk about how their sessions together have helped both men offset some of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Training consultant Freddie Roach (left) drills pupil Manny Pacquiao with focus mitts at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO BY WENDELL ALINEA

“When he got here, he could barely climb the steps to the ring,” Roach tells hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg on the new episode of PodcastOne Sports Now . “After 10 days of training, he wanted to race me.”

Roach, who’s battled Parkinson’s for decades, also previews Saturday’s welterweight championship fight between protégé Manny Pacquiao and Keith “One-Time” Thurman.


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