MANILA – Boxing coach Freddie Roach told Manny Pacquiao that he needs to knockout Timothy Bradley to gain back fight fans’ attention.
Roach is aware that his prized fighter has not registered a knockout since he dropped Miguel Cotto in 2009.
He believes that the lack of knockout factor, plus Pacquiao’s recent defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, has diminished the Filipino’s pay-per-view glitter.
“I think he finally realized it,” Roach said in Keith Idec’s Boxing Scene report. “Because he’s not making nearly as much money as he has in the past and his pay-per-view numbers have dropped drastically. He wants to be back on top again.”
He said the only way to gain back the confidence of Pacquiao’s fans is by beating up Bradley real good.
“The way to be back on top again is to start knocking people out and be impressive. It’s not enough just to win fights. I’ve been telling him every day, ‘It’s not enough to win. You have to win impressively,” said Roach.
With regards to speculations that Pacquiao’s faith has softened up the boxer, Roach said he knows one way to motivate his fighter even while sticking with the boxer’s “Christian ways.”
“I’m not going to win an argument with the Bible. But the thing is, there’s a lot of violence in the Bible and there’s a lot of killer instinct in the Bible. To do my job correctly, I’ve got to point these things out to Manny, that there is killer instinct in the Bible, also. That’s what most wars are fought about, religion,” said Roach.
Pacquiao himself said he is looking forward to proving that he still have the killer instinct he was known for.
The Filipino said he felt somewhat challenged when Bradley said he already lost his aggressiveness.
"This time around he told me that I don’t have the killer instinct anymore and I’m not aggressive," he said in Ring TV.
"That’s a challenge to me to bring back that aggressiveness and killer instinct in our fight on April 12. That’s why I’m excited. So I can prove it to him."