Roach sees weaknesses in Rios' boxing style


Posted at Aug 22 2013 09:48 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2013 05:48 AM

MANILA, – Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said he has already spotted loopholes in Brandon Rios’ boxing style.

Roach, who will soon visit General Santos City for Pacquiao’s training camp, said they plan to capitalize on “Bam Bam’s” weaknesses to come out with a decisive win.

“Rios' game is he throws punches from all angles, he swings a lot, he likes to trade, likes to exchange,” the boxing trainer said in Fight Hub.

Roach said Rios has a tendency to pressure his foes by swarming then with a lot of punches.

This brawling style could cause Rios’ downfall as most of his punches come from “way outside.”

“He's not the fastest guy in the world,” said Roach. “And his shots come from way outside, he swings a lot.”

“You swing with Manny Pacquiao [and] you gonna get caught.”

Roach said compared to Rios, the Filipino boxer is more precise with his shots.

“I think Manny Pacquiao's straight, sharp punches will be too fast for him, too much for him to handle.”

Meanwhile, Roach admitted that they will also have to make adjustments in Pacquiao’s boxing style.

He said Rios’ coaching staff is probably watching fight tapes of Pacquiao’s bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez, especially the one where the Filipino got knocked out.

Roach said Pacquiao has a bad habit of moving in a straight line and this cost his defeat to Marquez.

“It's something Rios can take advantage of. If Manny moves in on a straight line and him (Rios) walking in with an overhand shot [Manny will get caught],” said the trainer.

“So that's something we can't do for sure. We have to use a lot of angles with this guy.”