Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach will not be pushing for a knockout when his top fighter, Manny Pacquiao, faces off against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. in their rematch on April 12.
Instead, Roach told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that he will be satisfied if Pacquiao wins all the rounds and takes a convincing decision.
“The thing is, you can’t look for knockouts and we know that,” said Roach. “That’s not how knockouts come.”
“We are prepared to go out there and fight three minutes of every round, and fight with combinations like he did against (Brandon) Rios, and be a lot busier than he has been in the past,” Roach added.
“We have to be a little bit more aggressive, we know that, but the thing is we’re not going in there looking for the knockout. If the knockout comes, it comes, but if it doesn’t, we’ll be happy with pitching a shutout.”
Bradley owns a controversial victory over Pacquiao, beating the Filipino in a June 2012 fight that the “Pacman” thought he dominated.
“The first fight, I thought we won pretty easily,” Roach said. “But you know, since they gave Bradley the decision, you do have to avenge your losses.”
Roach said he expects Pacquiao to fight at a high level against Bradley, especially after his great performance against Rios last November, wherein he won an easy decision and barely took punishment against a hard-hitting brawler.
“(Pacquiao) looked really good in the Rios fight. I thought he fought a very smart fight, and I expect that to carry over into this fight also,” said the trainer.
Bradley has not been shy about questioning Pacquiao’s level of motivation going into their rematch, and recently told the Filipino idol, to his face, that he believes the “Pacman” has lost the hunger that made him the world’s best fighter at one point.
Pacquiao, for his part, merely said he needs to be more aggressive than usual against Bradley, and is determined not only to avenge his loss, but to give Bradley his first ever defeat as well.
“No one has ever defeated Tim Bradley during his professional career,” Pacquiao said in a PhilBoxing report. “I want to be the first name in his loss column.”