Roach expects Pacman to knock-out Rios

Date Posted: 04 November 2013     4 Comments

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In an exclusive interview with Solar Sports, longtime Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach revealed that he expects Pacman to knockout his upcoming opponent in no more than six rounds.

“I think Rios will last until the 6th round. I'm very confident we'll knock him out,” stated Roach.

After dropping his past two matchups, Pacquiao (54-5-2; 38KO’s) will aim to stay at the pinnacle of boxing by trying to take down Rios (31-1-1; 23KO’s), who he will face on November 24 (Sunday) at The Venetian Macao resort and hotel in Macau.

Even if many people expect Manny to fall because of his past two losses, the contest, according to Roach, will end in a knockout in favor of The People’s Champ.

“The KO loss did not affect him at all. He knows it is part of our world. He's very mature about it,” said the legendary trainer. “He knows how to win this fight; he’s really hungry. I’ll be very disappointed if Manny doesn’t knock Rios out.”

Roach and Pacquiao will have a lot to overcome, including the fact that Alex Ariza, Manny’s former strength and conditioning trainer, is now working with Rios in order to get him ready for the fight in Macau.

Nevertheless, Roach doesn’t think the presence of Ariza will propel Rios to victory.

“Ariza cannot sabotage us. He was never part of the gameplan. I never trusted him,” he said.

Catch the matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios on November 24 (Sunday) via satellite at 10:00AM on Solar Sports.

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Darkness November 12, 2013 01:59 AM

Pacquiao vs Rios live online

carter November 7, 2013 04:35 PM

Roach should find a way for Manny to negate Rios's best shot which is the body and uppercut combination. It's good to review Hatton and Clotty fight for Manny to take out Rio's lead shots prior to executing his frightening body and uppercut combination. There is a big possibility that team Rios will first box Manny to lure him to a brawl in the later rounds.

MEL CANASA November 7, 2013 01:04 PM

i expect manny to fight the hulk not mayweather its an easy fight for manny to fight mayweather the world knows mayweather cannot handle southpaw boxers. so come on monemay all you need to do is make an agreement with the pacman pay the paCMAN THAT HE WILL LOSE THE FIGHT MAYWEATHER WILL WIN and the pacman will get the bigger share of the purse

MEL CANASA November 7, 2013 12:56 PM

roach is genius he knows that someday ariza will no longer be a part of the family so the gameplan is between manny and freddie everything will be just fine rios will face a stronger and a quicker manny pacquiao and ariza knows that manny doesnt need an extra energy manny is exceptionnally a stronger puncher than any welterweight in his division



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