MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since stopping Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto about four years ago.
Since then, all of the Filipino icon’s fights have gone the distance, except for his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, when it was him who got knocked out cold.
Many boxing pundits, including Pacquiao’s upcoming opponent Timothy Bradley, attribute this to the fighting congressman losing his killer instinct.
Freddie Roach is raring to prove that wrong and vows to help Pacquiao end his seven-fight KO-less slump.
"We need a knockout real soon. I'll be pushing for it,” Roach said in a report by boxingscene.com’s Keith Idec.
Pacquiao and Bradley wrapped up their two-city US media tour Friday, having held stops in Los Angeles and New York to grace separate press conferences to hype their April 12 rematch. Pacquiao earlier declared to bring back “the young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao” against Bradley, who beat him via a controversial decision in their first meeting two years ago.
Pacquiao could’ve tried to finish Bradley off in that bout and prevented the fight from going to the scorecards, but he didn’t. He also failed to do the same against Brandon Rios in Macau last November, leading observers to conclude that his once vaunted killer instinct is gone.
The fighting congressman, for his part, instead cited compassion and his newfound dedication to religion as his reasons for not going for knockouts.
Roach is planning to change that approach.
"I know Manny's very big into the Bible. 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 bout, religion," the bespectacled trainer explained.
"When Manny hurt Bradley the first time, he didn't bother to finish him and thought it was enough to win a decision. I disagree with that,” he added.
Roach went on to point out how Pacquiao’s earning potential takes a hit each time he fails to knock out opponents.
“That's why the paydays are less and the pay-per-view [buys] are less. I told Manny, ‘You tell me you want give people what they want. They want knockouts,’” he further said.
The six-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year simply wants to see Bradley on the canvas for good this April.
“He [Pacquiao] wants to be back on top again. The way back [to the] top again is to start knocking people out and be impressive,” he ended.