FREDDIE Roach expects a late knockout win by Manny Pacquiao over Floyd Mayweather Jr., although the renowned trainer said they won’t be forcing the issue if the knockout doesn’t come.
Roach sees the knockout coming in the late rounds of the May 2 megabout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to a story ran by Boxingscene.com.
Although confident of a stoppage, Roach made it clear the Pacquiao camp is not focused on such kind of win.
“The main goal is to beat them anyway he can,” said Roach in the story by Unus Alladin from Macau where the American trainer is currently preparing two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China for his first-ever world title shot.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao is known as among the meanest punchers in boxing today, although he has not won a fight by knockout since a TKO win in the 12th round of his welterweight title match against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in 2009.
Roach said a knockout win by Pacquiao is very doable, despite the Filipino boxing great having slowed down through these years.
But the five-time Trainer of the Year observed Mayweather has faded more than his prized fighter.
“Manny is fresher and stronger,” Roach said.
“I studied him quite a bit,” said Roach, who will turn 55 a few days from now, referring to Mayweather.
“He’s a good fighter, don’t get me wrong, but he is a bit boring. We have to dictate the pace of the fight. We have to throw more punches.”