MANILA – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, said they are not worried about the judges leading up to the boxer’s April 12 rematch against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao lost to Bradley when they first fought in June 2012, when two judges scored their 12-round welterweight encounter in favor of the American despite the “Pacman” dominating the fight.
Leading up to the rematch, Pacquiao said he is not even thinking about the judges, and is not pressured to go for a knockout in order to avoid leaving the bout at their hands.
“I am not thinking about the judges. I always believe in the decisions of the judges. What I want to do is focus in the ring, and focus on the strategy and techniques that we practice in the gym,” Pacquiao said in a conference call.
Pacquiao also stressed that he has moved past the loss against Bradley from two years ago, saying: “I’m not angry after the decision.”
“The officials did their best, and no one is perfect in this world and sometimes they make mistakes. It’s part of boxing. I wasn’t really bothered about it after the fight,” he added.
“One bad decision doesn’t change everything in life, and doesn’t change our game plan,” said Roach.
The trainer said that regardless of the judges, Pacquiao’s game plan will be similar to what he used against Brandon Rios in November 2013.
“We are going to fight that is similar to our last fight – stay very busy and throw combinations and [move] in-and-out. We’ve got a good game plan, and Manny’s doing very well with it,” said Roach.
“We are not going to make any adjustments as to who the judges are, because that is out of our control,” he added.
Pacquiao and Roach agreed that the “Pacman” does not need to go for a knockout against Bradley.
“We don’t go into fights looking for knockouts,” Roach explained. “If you do that, it’s not going to happen. Knockouts come with combinations. It’s a little bit of a bonus. The thing is, we are going to fight this fight our way.”
“We plan to beat him every round, and if a knockout comes, it comes. But we are not going in there looking for a knockout, because again, if you go in there looking for a knockout, you’ll be waiting all night,” he added.
Though Pacquiao and Roach are not worried about the judges, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission to assign two non-Nevada judges to the April 12 bout.
“Hopefully, the Nevada commission will appoint judges from all over the world for this fight that will give a fair result if the fight doesn’t end in a knockout,” said Arum.