MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach wants more movements, more hand speed and quick pacing from Manny Pacquiao when the Filipino meets his rival Juan Manuel Marquez in another rematch this December 8.
In short, Roach wants Pacquiao to be in perpetual motion just like the Filipino did when he first fought Marquez in 2004.
“We plan to fight the fight at a much faster pace this time like we did in the first fight in the early rounds – that’s where we had the most success,” the boxing coach said during Pacquiao’s conference call to boxing media.
Although Pacquiao defeated Marquez by points in 2008 and 2011, Roach noted that the Filipino boxer had his best performance against Marquez in the 2004 fight.
That bout, which ended in a controversial draw, saw Pacquiao knocking down the Mexican thrice in the first round.
Roach said Marquez had the toughest time fighting Pacquiao when the Filipino was aggressive and “unpredictable.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao clarified that is not mad at Marquez for claiming that he won their first three encounters.
The Filipino boxer said he just needs to knockout Marquez to close the chapter on Mexican.
“I never hate my opponent outside of the ring. It is just my job to fight and there is nothing personal,” said Pacquiao.