MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is convinced that Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao needs to knockout his great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, to ensure victory in their fourth bout.
After three fights and 36 rounds failed to put a decisive end to their saga, Pacquiao and Marquez will meet for a fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao holds a 2-0-1 win-loss-draw record against Marquez, but all three fights have generated controversy.
The latest fight, wherein Pacquiao beat Marquez via majority decision, was widely disputed as many felt Marquez was the rightful winner.
“To be the pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world, I think we need to knock this guy out,” Roach said in an interview with Boxing Scene. “I need to get Manny that killer instinct back.” [http://www.boxingscene.com/roach-feels-pacquiao-lose-marquez-without-ko--57245]
Roach admitted that he is concerned about leaving the fight at the hands of the judges.
“I don’t think we will win a decision regardless of how the fight goes,” he said.
But Roach is optimistic that the fourth fight will end decisively, as Pacquiao himself is aiming for a knockout.
“He (Pacquiao) says, ‘I need a knockout.’ I say, ‘That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard,’” Roach said in an interview with Max Boxing. “We’re both on the same page.”
Roach is also happy that Pacquiao has decided to hold his entire training camp in Los Angeles instead of spending the first part of it in Baguio City, as has been his habit.
“Him making the decision to have the whole training camp in LA instead of the Philippines, back and forth, flying around the world, 16-hour flights and the altitude training – I think the whole thing is just really, really good for him,” he said.
“It’s very mature and professional of him to make the right choices this early in training camp. I’m very happy where he’s at, and I think we’re gonna have a real good fight,” Roach added. “This fight has potential to be great.”