Roach: Pacquiao has long way to go


Posted at Feb 25 2014 09:19 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 05:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao had an impressive sparring session with his American training partner, but his boxing coach Freddie Roach said they still have a lot of work to do.

Roach, who arrived in General Santos City on Monday to oversee the Filipino boxer's training, said he liked what he saw when Pacquiao sparred with Lydell Rhodes for 4 rounds.

The Filipino clipped Rhodes with several left hands, which bloodied the nose of the undefeated American fighter.

He, however, said their work has just begun.

“It was quite good, but where not there yet,” Roach told ABS-CBN General Santos' Jay Dayupay. “We're here to win, but for a first day he was OK.”

“We have a long way to go, we have a lot more improvements [to do].”

What he wants to see from Pacquiao is the aggressiveness that the Filipino boxer was known for when he was just starting his career.

Aggressiveness brought the Filipino 38 knockout wins in 62 fights.

Roach is hoping that Pacquiao can work his "magic" again when he meets Timothy Bradley for the second time on April 12.

“I'd like to see Manny with a little aggressiveness on the side,” said Roach.

The coach also liked the performance of Rhodes, who tried to mimic Bradley’s movements.

“[Rhodes] was okay, he hung in there, we hit him with a couple of big shots. It's good work, I like the kid, yeah. “