Roach believes Manny would KO Floyd
By John F. McKenna (McJack): In an interview with RingTV.com five time “Trainer of the Year” Freddie Roach believes his fighter, pound for pound king World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO’s) would have a decided advantage over the defensive minded World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s).
Roach believes that his explosive, hard hitting and lightning quick charge would knock Mayweather out if the two ever to find their way into the ring.
Roach was quoted as saying:
“Pacquiao wins by a knockout.” Roach went on to explain why he thinks Manny would KO Floyd. “How can a guy that averages15 punches a round (Mayweather) beat a guy that averages 85 punches a round Pacquiao)? How is that possible? I can’t see it.”
Roach also said that Pacquiao’s southpaw stance would present a major problem for Floyd. “Mayweather doesn’t fight southpaws that well, unless he sucker punches them like he did Victor Ortiz.”
Roach also believes that having him in Pacquiao’s corner would work in his favor.
Roach said: “I really think I’m a better coach than Roger Mayweather is. I just don’t see him beating us. I don’t see that happening.”
Roach believes that Mayweather would be a challenge, but feels a Pacquiao – Mayweather fight will never happen.
“They want no part of us, so let’s face it. I feel that in reality,” Roach said.
For the time being Roach said he does not want to look past his next opponent
WBO/WBA light weight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KO’s).
“Pacman” and “El Dinamita” will square off on November 12 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in the 3rd fight of their Trilogy. Their first fight in 2004 fought at 126 pounds resulted in a controversial draw. The 2nd fight in 2008 fought at 130 pounds also ended controversially when Manny was awarded a narrow win. Both fights were extremely competitive and action packed.
Pacquiao has been installed as an 8 to 1 favorite primarily because Marquez is now 38 years old and has shown some signs of slowing down, while Manny at 32 is in his prime.
Manny has also grown into a legitimate welterweight and fights comfortably at that weight. In addition Pacquiao since taking on Freddie Roach as his trainer has developed into a complete fighter.