Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes aggressiveness and consistency are the keys to victory for Manny Pacquiao in his April 12 rematch against American Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao is aiming to avenge his controversial loss to Bradley in June 2012, which saw him drop his WBO welterweight belt. Most boxing experts felt that the Filipino was the rightful winner of the fight, however, and few celebrated Bradley’s victory.
When asked what Pacquiao’s advantages will be the second time around, Roach told Boxing Scene: “Fighting three minutes of every round and being more consistent, like h did in the (Brandon) Rios fight, and not taking rounds off like he did in the first fight.”
Pacquiao has also promised to be the aggressor and throw more punches -- something that Roach is happy to hear.
“Aggressive is good,” Roach said. “He (Pacquiao) is gonna be moving and cutting the ring off, and force him (Bradley) to fight a little bit more.”
It will actually be the third time that Roach is facing off against Team Bradley, as another one of his fighters, Ruslan Provodnikov, also fought and lost to the American in 2013.
Yet Roach said he holds no personal ill will against the unbeaten fighter.
“Winning and losing is part of the sport,” he said. “I thought we beat him with both guys, and that’s how it goes. The thing is, I’m happy with both of my guys’ performances. They did very well in the fight, and that’s all I can ask for.”
Still, he admits it will be good to finally notch a victory over Bradley.
“You know, the thing is, we have to avenge our losses in life,” Roach said. “The record books have us losing the fight, even though we thought we won. We lost a fight, so it would be nice to get a win over him, yes.”