MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach will start training Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on April 16 to prepare him for his June 9 fight date against undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
Roach arrived in the Philippines last week and has already started training British boxer Amir Khan, who has an upcoming bout of his own on May 19 against Lamont Peterson.
But Roach is already looking forward to working with Pacquiao.
"My wish is to get to Baguio as soon as possible, start preparing as soon as possible and get Manny in shape as soon as possible," he told PhilBoxing's Eddie Alinea.
"I want Manny to win by a knockout, and that's what we will be preparing for. How to win by KO," he added.
Pacquiao has not had a knockout victory since demolishing Miguel Cotto via a 12th round technical knockout in 2009.
He was widely expected to dominate Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last November, but instead struggled and had to settle for a controversial majority decision.
Roach now wants the Filipino champion to get back to his hard-punching ways against Bradley, although he admitted that he will have to prepare Pacquiao for Bradley’s physicality.
Roach is also not concerned with Pacquiao’s renewed faith, saying "he knows how to deal with his being a preacher and a boxer."
The trainer believes that the changes Pacquiao made in his life will benefit his boxing career.
"Now that he is a self-proclaimed changed man, I see no more distractions that mark our previous preparations. Except basketball, of course, because outside of boxing, that's his world," Roach said.
Roach and Team Khan are expected to go to Baguio next week. The trainer will also be bringing Russian prospect Rusian Provodnikov to Baguio to serve as a sparring partner for Pacquiao.