MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will not be actively seeking a knockout against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. in their April 12 rematch, according to Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Before Team Pacquiao departed for Los Angeles on Saturday, Roach said a convincing victory against Bradley would be enough.
“We want to win the fight, regardless of a knockout,” said Roach. “Bradley’s never been knocked out before, so we’re not going to go in there looking for a knockout.”
“If that comes out, it will be a bonus,” he added. “He (Pacquiao) just needs to win, and that’s what we’re gonna do.”
Roach had spent the past two weeks in General Santos City with Pacquiao, where he took charge of the Filipino boxer’s training camp.
“It was pretty good. Manny was doing really well,” said Roach. “He played a lot of basketball, he got a lot done in the ring. His conditioning is very, very good, and he’s been working really hard.”
Pacquiao is expected to work even harder at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where three more sparring partners are waiting to test the “Pacman.”
“We do have three other sparring partners whom we’re gonna work with as well, in case Bradley wants to move or run a little bit,” said Roach. “We want to be prepared for whatever (Bradley) brings to the table.”
Roach believes Pacquiao has greater motivation in this fight than when he first fought Bradley in June 2012, as the “Pacman” wants to prove that he was the rightful winner of that controversial fight.
“I think Manny will fight better this time, and Manny is a little more hungry this time,” said Roach. “There are a lot of factors that come into play, but Manny is gonna be a little more hungry in this fight than he was in the first one.” -- With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News.