Roach: Bradley won't KO Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach believes that that there's no way in the world for Timothy Bradley to score a knockout victory against Manny Pacquiao.
Roach said in an interview with "On The Ropes Boxing Radio" that Bradley doesn't have a one-punch knockout power to topple Pacquiao.
“Well you know, I’m not even thinking about that. Manny’s doing really well but this guy’s not a big puncher. I don’t see a knockout by him coming at all,” he said.
Although the Palm Springs native remains unbeaten in 31 fights, Bradley only has 12 career stoppages.
Even making it nearly impossible for Bradley to stop Pacquiao is the latter's conditioning going to the April 12 bout.
“Manny’s in great shape. I’m being very positive, he’s not gonna lose to Tim Bradley for sure,” said Roach.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has a higher knockout percentage compared to the American boxer.
The pride of General Santos has 38-of-55 wins coming by way of knockout for a KO percentage of 61.29. He, however, suffered 5 defeats, with 3 of them knockout losses.
Pacquiao’s most recent stoppage loss came from Juan Manuel Marquez.
If the Filipino successfully reclaims the WBO welterweight belt from Bradley, he might get the chance to avenge his defeat by facing Marquez for the fifth time.
But Roach said they aren’t thinking of Marquez at this stage of their preparations against Bradley.
“Well to be honest with you I’m not even thinking about that [Marquez] fight, I’m thinking about Bradley at this point. There is no future fight right now, we don’t have a two fight contract, we have one fight and that’s what’s in front of us and that’s what we have to take care of,” said Roach.