Roach wants Pacquiao to stop Bradley

By Marcus Richardson: Freddie Roach seems to predict knockout for his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao fight after fight no matter who he’s taking on. Roach predicted Pacquiao KO’s in his fights with Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao failed to KO any of them, and appeared to lose the fight to Marquez but the judges gave it to him. Now Pacquiao is facing unbeaten Timothy Bradley on June 9th, and Roach badly wants Pacquiao to stop the 28-year-old Bradley.

Roach told “I want Manny to win by knockout and that’s what we will be preparing for. How to win by KO.”

I just hope Roach doesn’t mess Pacquiao up too badly by having him waste valuable training time going over techniques to try and stop a fighter who may not be possible for this version of Pacquiao to stop him. Pacquiao’s knockouts have generally come against fighters that are stationary and/or ones that come straight at him without any defense, leading with their face. He has a KO over Oscar De La Hoya, but he was old and starved from a crazy diet.

Pacquiao hasn’t stopped anyone like Bradley, and it seems pointless for Roach to be wasting Pacquiao’s time focusing on something that his body may no longer be able to carry out. He’s 33 now, and been through a lot of wars. In case you didn’t notice, Pacquiao now fights flat-footed and doesn’t jump around like he used to a few years ago. That jumping around and changing angles really helped Pacquiao in getting Kos. But he’s not going that now and is completely grounded to where he just plods around the ring like a little heavyweight.

I’m sure Roach wants Pacquiao to KO Bradley, because it’ll somehow validate Roach as being a good trainer, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. More than likely, Bradley will take advantage of Pacquiao if he goes looking for a homerun punch by countering him all night long and making him look worse than Marquez made him look.

Article posted on 05.04.2012

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