MANNY HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE IN RIOS FIGHT - ROACH
MANILA, JULY 22, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero - Freddie Roach said it before and will say it again – Manny Pacquiao is putting everything on the line against Brandon Rios in November in Macau.
If Pacquiao gets knocked out, again, then it’s time to go.
“It’s over, 100 percent (if Pacquiao is knocked out by Rios),” Roach told Yahoo! Sports as he looked forward to the Filipino superstar’s first fight in a long, long while.
The last time Pacquiao was inside the ring he was knocked out flat and cold by Juan Manuel Marquez. That was in December last year. Five months before that he took a highly contested loss to Tim Bradley.
Pacquiao is in a position he’s never been before – going into a fight with two straight losses and everything to lose.
Roach said he will pull the plug if Pacquiao gets knocked out by Rios or if the five-time Trainer of the Year feels that his fighter who’s also into politics, showbiz and Bible studies doesn’t have it anymore.
“We have a deal. When I tell him it’s over, he’ll say it’s over and that’s it. He’s pretty loyal with his words and if that happens, it will be the end,” Roach told boxing scribe Kevin Iole.
But Roach insists that despite being knocked out by Marquez with one second left in the sixth round of their fourth fight, Pacquiao has yet to show signs of slowing down.
Roach, in fact, said Pacquiao was in his best form against Marquez. He went down from a sweeping right in the third round but sent the Mexican to the floor in the fifth.
Marquez was bleeding heavily from a broken nose, and was just hanging on when Pacquiao got careless and got knocked out.
“That happens. That’s boxing. It didn’t happen because his skills aren’t the same as they used to be. It happened because he made a mistake. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can make a mistake,” said Roach of Pacquiao, who’s turning 35 on Dec. 17.
“Look, we all thought he beat Bradley, so throw that out. And in the Marquez fight, I thought he was doing well and was looking like he was going to win by knockout when he made a mistake and ran into a shot,” Roach added.
The celebrated trainer said if Pacquiao wins convincingly over Rios, talks of a super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. will resume.
“I’ve told Manny, ‘Knock this guy [Rios] out in good fashion and the Mayweather fight comes back real quick,” Roach added.
But that’s another story.
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