Freddie Roach Blog Part 3: Monday, April 20
How much of a role will footwork and hand speed play into Pacquiao’s success?
“Footwork and speed have been two of Manny’s most important weapons in his career and will be hugely important against Floyd. Manny will need both to dictate the pace and direction of the fight. The key to winning the fight is to take Floyd out of his comfort zone and Manny can only do that by fighting his fight, not Floyd’s.
“Floyd has shown great ring generalship throughout his career and Manny knows the best way to disrupt Floyd’s rhythm is by moving him around the ring, cutting off his escape routes and positioning him for his attacks. Manny has the fresher legs as he proved against a much younger Chris Algieri last November. Manny was on his toes for all 12 rounds, something Floyd hasn’t been able to do in years.
“Hand speed and footwork will help Manny land his power shots. Manny is going into this fight to win and win big, as opposed to Floyd who is going into this fight to protect his perfect record.”
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Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya 2008 – Full Fight
Watch Pacquiao’s signature triumph over Oscar de la Hoya that catapulted the young prizefighter from the Philippines into a superstar personality. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happens Sat., May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Manny Pacquiao Blog Part 3: Monday, April 20
How important will it be to turn into “the Manny of old” in order to defeat Mayweather?
“I have to be a warrior in the ring on May 2 and fight like it is the last fight of my life. I need to fight every round like each one is the last round of my life. For the past five years this is the fight I have dreamed of and prayed for. And now that this fight is a reality I am going to prove that it was worth the wait.
“I am in great condition now and I will be in the same peak condition as when I fought Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto. Freddie Roach and I will be looking to add a lot of the strategy we used against De La Hoya and Cotto. It will be attack and pressure.
“The strategy is to make every round the fight. To win the fight I must win each round. And to win each round I must overwhelm him with speed, punch volume and power. If the opportunity to knock Floyd out presents itself, I will take advantage of it.
“I know what it will take to beat Floyd and I will leave no doubt that I won on May 2. None. That is the ‘Manny Pacquiao’ Floyd will face on May 2. It is time for Floyd to lose.”
Pacquiao vs. Cotto 2009 – Full Fight
Pacquiao’s reputation as slugger was solidified with a resounding 12th round TKO triumph over Miguel Cotto. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happens Sat., May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Video: Floyd Mayweather Talks Pacquiao Fight with Jim Gray
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Pacquiao vs. Bradley II 2014 – Full Fight
Manny Pacquiao avenged a controversial loss with a dominating performance over then undefeated Timothy Bradley Jr. in their championship title rematch. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happens Sat., May 2 live on pay-per-view.