Freddie Roach to prepare Manny Pacquiao for a late knockout of Timothy Bradley

14 Mar

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Following Manny Pacquiao‘s two underwhelming victories over the 12-round distance in 2011 against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez, renowned trainer Freddie Roach has declared that he is eager to see his premier prizefighter obtain a thrilling knockout when he takes on WBO welterweight world title challenger Timothy Bradley on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

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Roach foresees late stoppage win for Pac. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

The Bradley duel will be Pacquiao’s fourth defence of the world championship at 147lbs that he won due to his headline-grabbing final round technical knockout of Miguel Cotto in 2009, however, the Filipino’s critics point to his subsequent welterweight contests – versus Joshua Clottey, Mosley and Marquez – and claim the nature of his wins against this trio have paled in comparison to the climactic domination of Cotto.

Against Clottey, Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) triumphed in a one-sided encounter. He was unable to stop Mosley and Marquez counter-punched his way to a competitive majority decision defeat in a fight in which some observers regarded his work to be superior to that of Pacman.

A knockout winning performance over Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko); an in-form 28-year-old who is undefeated as a professional and has dominated the super lightweight division, would go some way in silencing Pacquiao’s vocal detractors and, speaking to Boxing Talk, Roach said: “I think Manny will have a spectacular win. The fans want to see a knockout; I want to see a knockout.

“Bradley is aggressive, he comes to fight and will be fighting until the end but I think Manny will catch him coming in, and knock him out in the later rounds.”

Bradley, who has limited experience campaigning at welterweight, has no intention of submitting when it is time to trade shots in June: “I have what it takes to beat him,” he said. “Many people always promise knock outs and they don’t happen.”

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One Response to “Freddie Roach to prepare Manny Pacquiao for a late knockout of Timothy Bradley”


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