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Pacquiao's Pushy Trainer Sued

12/2/2009 9:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Manny Pacquiao's trainer is being sued for something that's only legal in the ring -- assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress.

According to a lawsuit just filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Freddie Roach became enraged at Wildcard Gym Boxing Club in L.A., after coming face-to-face with Alex Vidal -- a boxing writer who penned a story titled, "Sick Roach Misses Conception's Last Workout."

Roach -- who suffers from Parkinson's disease -- allegedly challenged Vidal, claiming "he was not sick and that he only went to a clinic." Vidal says he apologized and said he was merely quoting a statement from boxer Bernabe Conception's manager.

Roach was unmoved, allegedly went on a tirade, pushing him "roughly" in the left shoulder, and yelled, "The next time you write about it, I will kill you."

Seems pretty tame in the boxing world, but Vidal is suing for all sorts of unspecified damages.

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1.

whodatgurl    

leave freddy alone!

Pacquiao vs. mayweather is the fight i want to see!

1597 days ago
2.

scott    

Freddie suffers from Parkinson's disease and is touchy about it. I would suggest you not mention it around him or write about it...

1597 days ago
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Michael R DesRoches    

Good, The only way the press can attack Roche is to attack his illness that he is controling. If your attacking something you know nothing about (the boxing reporter) you deserve to get your butt whooped by the (supp) sick trainer.

1597 days ago
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boxing    

a boxing writer suing for infliction of emotional distress? are you kidding me? it's time for vidal to turn in his pen/keyboard and stop writing about fighters. perhaps the national enquirer or another gossip rag is more up his alley...

1597 days ago
5.

Ellie    

tiger, well, I have no respect for him due to the fact that he only apologized BECAUSE HE WAS CAUGHT AFTER ALL THIS TIME OF LYING!
His father would have been EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN HIM AND DEEPLY DISTURVED about this situation!!!

1596 days ago
6.

Tony B    

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1596 days ago
7.

element2003    

god bless you freddie! youre a hard, passionate worker and fighter and noone can take that from you

1596 days ago
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1596 days ago
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tony    

VIDAL IS A MALE GOLDIGGER LOSER WHORE WHO IS TRYING TO MAKE A PENNY.

1596 days ago
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tony    

NOBODY KNOWS WHO VIDAL IS AND NOBODY READS VIDAL'S ARTICLES, THATS WHY VIDAL IS SUING BECAUSE VIDAL WANTS MONEY.

1596 days ago
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Chicago guy    

Money is the motive why Alex Vidal making noise of nonsense accusation. Alex Vidal said that he is a closed friend of Pacquiao, if he does friend of Pacquiao he need to respect and consider their friendship as Roach is Pacquiao trainer and father to him. Alex Vidal need not be blind with the dollar sign and consider first his relantionship with Pacquiao that's one good thing about filipinos.

1596 days ago
12.

BAY AREA    

HEY ALEX VIDAL, YOUR GOING TO GET YOURS!!! WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND. LEAVE FREDDIE ALONE!! I PROMISE YOU IT WILL COME AND BITE YOUR ASS.

1596 days ago
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Kid Dynamite    

Alex Vidal is just a no-name journalist trying to make a name for himself by writing about eye-opening information to catch people's attention about a high-profile trainer. It's really annoying to see these stupid journalists exaggerate information, or write about totally untrue "facts", which lead to further controversy so the journalist can get more coverage and thus keep his job. Sometimes what these annoying journalists need is a punch in the face. But if you do that you will get a lawsuit just like what Roach is going to get. All for what? For defending his name? Why don't you leave Roach alone & go pick on somebody else? Doesn't Vidal have anything better to do? What a jackass.

1596 days ago
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vidal has AIDS    

nobody wants to have that disease nor it's not roach's fault to have that disease so stop mentioning it in public!!!

1596 days ago
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aimhlpben    

Sooo what does this have to do with Tiger?

Oh, and this writer who Roach "attacked" can go to hell.

1596 days ago
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