Beating WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. by decision will not be good enough for Manny Pacquiao, as the “Pacman” needs to make a statement by knocking out the unbeaten American in their rematch.
This, according to Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Michael Koncz.
“A 12-round decision is not going to do anything for Manny and his career,” Koncz said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “(Manny) needs a knockout in this fight.”
Pacquiao is looking to avenge a controversial split decision loss to Bradley when they first fought in June 2012, and has acknowledged that it will be important for him to win convincingly.
“Ang target is to win convincingly,” he said. “Kung darating ‘yung knockout, darating ‘yun.”
Koncz believes, however, that Pacquiao should be seeking a knockout against the American.
“If it’s a 12-round decision, it may be time to sit down and discuss what Manny wants to do in boxing,” he said.
Koncz said Pacquiao’s victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in November 2013 proved that the Filipino could still fight at a high level, but he was disappointed that Rios managed to last the distance.
“What I didn’t see (in Pacquiao) was the desire to knock somebody out” in the Rios fight, said Koncz.
“I still believe we need to put an exclamation mark and show the world that if Manny puts his mind to it, he has all the tools he had five years ago,” Koncz said. “Yes, he’s getting older, he’s getting smarter, fighting a much more intelligent fight and not wasting energy.”
“But still, against Bradley, a knockout is in order,” he stressed.
Pacquiao and Bradley will meet for the second time on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.