Viloria Will Stop Acquirre - Manny Pacquiao

13.02.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES---Manny Pacquiao has no doubt Brian Viloria will stop Jose Antonio Aguirre of Mexico in their World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title fight on Saturday(Sunday in Manila) at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Brian is stronger and faster. All he has to do is find the right time and opportunity to land his knockout punch,” Pacquiao said in Filipino.

Pacquiao has great respect on the speed and punching power of Viloria. He had seen him fight and they used to train together under Freddie Roach’s watch at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m sure Aguirre will be defensive-minded because he is aware of his (Viloria’s) power.”

Viloria, 25, captured the title with a sensational first round disposal of another Mexican Eric Ortiz last Sept. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. That was the same night Pacquiao destroyed Hector Velasquez in six rounds.

The proud son of Ilocano couple from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur is undefeated in 18 fights, 12 by way of knockout.

Pacquiao, who will be on deck along with veteran boxing commentator Quinito Henson to annotate Viloria’s first title-defense, gives the 108-lb ruler some pointers in order to land his killer blow.

“He (Viloria) should throw more jabs and move his hips more often.”

The jabs, according to Pacquiao, will build Viloria’s rhythm and timing while the hip movement will let him catch his opponent off-guard.

“It’s like the crossover in basketball,” said Pacquiao referring to the hip movement. “Your opponent will not know where your punch will come.”

Viloria, of course, should not lower his guards either. Aguirre is a former champion himself, ruling the minimumweight division of the WBC for nearly four years. The fighter called El Jaguar has a professional record of 33-4-1, 20 KOs.

Article posted on 14.02.2006

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