MANILA, Philippines – Not even Freddie Roach’s statement that he sees the fight going the distance could keep the fight odds from sky-rocketing in favor of Manny Pacquiao.
The other day, the four-time Trainer of the Year told fightfan.com that he’s not looking for a knockout. Instead, he said he sees a 12-round battle with Joshua Clottey.
But no one seemed to listen as oddsmakers for the March 13 showdown at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas remained convinced it’s going to be one-sided.
A FIFTH STRAIGHT KNOCKOUT.
That will be Manny Pacquiao’s target when he stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Joshua Clottey on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Master trainer Freddie Roach, who has accurately predicted Pacquiao’s stoppages of David Diaz, Oscar De La hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in succession, told Fighthype.com Monday that they want to put Clottey away inside the distance.
“I think we’re going to get him (Clottey) in 12 easily, but he’s definitely a tough guy to knock out,” said Roach. “That’s our goal, to knock him out and be the first one to do that (against Clottey).”
MANILA – While members of Team Pacquiao declared with certainty that the pound-for-pound king will knock out Miguel Cotto on November 14, Manny Pacquiao refused to predict the outcome of his “Firepower” bout.
“Mahirap magsabi nang tapos eh. Di naman natin alam anong mangyayari. Dasal lang tayo sa Lord. Ano man mangyari, idasal na lang natin kung mapabilis o mapaaga or… matapos yung round. Siya lang nakakaalam eh,” Pacquiao told abs-cbnNEWS.com.
He added: “Basta sa akin, training lang ako nang husto, dasal at pagkatiwala sa kaniya pagdating sa ring.”
Coach Freddie Roach said Pacquiao will KO Cotto in the first round. Conditioning coach Alex Ariza noted that Pacquiao can score a KO while adviser Mike Koncz said the KO would probably come in the later rounds.
MANILA, Philippines – Ricky Hatton, still heavy at 154 pounds with just over 30 days before the fight, laughed off claims made by Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that the British champ has a weak chin.
“Keep talking,” said Hatton before bursting into laughter, as reported by ABS-CBN which has a man, bureau chief Danny Buenafe, in London trying to get and deliver the latest from the Hatton camp.
Even before Manny Pacquiao sent his Armenian sparmate on the floor with a right hook, trainer Freddie Roach was already convinced that Ricky Hatton just doesn’t stand a chance on May 2.
“The more I see him on video, all the more I am convinced that Manny’s going to take him out,” Roach told the Bulletin yesterday from the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood moments after Pacquiao kicked off the sparring phase of his training.
More than a month before his prized pupil shows up for training, Freddie Roach has already called on a pair of Mexican-American fighters to spar with Manny Pacquiao, including a brawler who knocked out the Filipino’s younger brother Bobby.
“Yeah, the guy who beat up Bobby,” said American tr ainer Freddie Roach, referring to the undefeated Urbano Antillon.