THERE will be no mercy this time.
Four days before he defends his WBO welterweight belt against undefeated Chris Algieri, Manny Pacquiao said he is ready to momentarily shed his merciful, bible-preaching side "to give what the fans want."
Known to possess one of the heaviest and lightning-quick punches in boxing history, Pacquiao has not scored a knockout since stopping the tough Miguel Cotto in 2009.
Interestingly, it was also around this time that the Filipino boxing icon became so religious.
But when asked by Spin.ph about his Filipino fans' wish to see him knock someone else's head off just like the good ol' days, the fighting congressman from Sarangani said all he wants is to give what people want to see.
“What I have in my mind now is to do things people will enjoy. You will see,” Pacquiao said. “It will not be the same (as my previous fights). It’s my job to entertain people.
“Mercy? That’s only after the fight!”
The fact that his trainer, Freddie Roach, has been very vocal in predicting a first-round knockout makes Pacquiao even more excited about the match.
“We will see on Sunday. But there’s no pressure for me. Nothing, no pressure.,” he said.
But after a brutal sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, his first since a third-round KO loss to Rustico Torreocampo early his career, Pacquiao said he has also learned to be more careful now.
“Am I pushing myself to do that (knockout)? No, I just don’t want to get careless in the fight,” Pacquiao stated.
Even Pacquiao’s sparring partner Stan Martyniouk believes a stoppage is inevitable on Sunday.
“Absolutely, he’s been looking very good in camp. He’s been very sharp and very strong. That’s the best I’ve seen him,” Martyniouk said, hinting that Pacquiao’s straight left should be the biggest worry for Algieri.
“We’ll see how Chris Algieri comes out in the fight, but if Manny lands a good punch on him and he hurts him, Manny will finish him,” he added.
Can Algieri take Pacquiao's punches?
“I don’t think so. With an eight-ounce glove and with the how Manny throws, how fast he throws, he’ll definitely gonna hurt him (Algieri),” said Martyniouk, who revealed that there were two knockdowns in the Pacman's training camp.
For video of interview with Pacquiao, see: