HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach won’t feel let down if Manny Pacquiao allows Tim Bradley to last the distance in their 12-round title fight on Sunday (Manila time).
So long as Pacman dominates and puts on a good show for fight fans, Roach will be a happy man.
“I won’t be disappointed. As long as we fight a good fight and put on a good performance, I will be happy,” said Pacquiao’s longtime trainer just before the champion’s big entourage left late Monday afternoon (US time) for Las Vegas, site of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) championship match.
“We don’t have to please everybody,” he added.
Pacquiao is considered one of boxing’s greatest punchers of all-time – a reputation backed up by his intimidating record of having knocked out 38 of his 54 opponents.
But he hasn’t scored a stoppage since his 12th-round technical knockout of Miguel Cotto in 2009, going the distance in his last four bouts with Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Roach however, would have no problem settling for another decision. But he has set his standards.
“Manny should win every round,” said the five-time recipient of the Trainer of the Year award. “I like knockouts, but as long as we fight a good fight, I will be more than happy.”
The 52-year-old trainer also hopes Bradley will not fight the way Clottey or Mosley did against the top pound-for-pound fighter of the world.
“He’s a little bit cocky, but I just hope he comes to fight. I hope he won’t run,” said the native of Dedham, Massachusetts.