MACAU – There’s no question in Freddie Roach’s mind that Manny Pacquiao will knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the event the two boxing superstars finally come face-to-face.
The 54-year-old trainer’s confidence was further boosted by Pacquiao’s dominant performance against Chris Algieri on Sunday during their world welterweight title fight, which the Filipino ring legend won by lopsided decision after knocking down the challenger six times.
“Yes,” was Roach’s curt reply when asked if he thinks Pacquiao will beat Mayweather if their projected megafight happens by next year.
“Manny did well (against Algieri) and hopefully, the Mayweather fight happens.”
The age factor is also one major aspect Roach is looking as a possible issue against the unbeaten Mayweather.
“You know Floyd, about two years ago, I thought it’s about even. Now I think Manny will knock him out,” stressed the five-time Trainer of the Year.
“Floyd can’t run like he used to, he can’t move, his legs are shot, he’s a washed-up, old fighter. We’ll knock out Floyd.”
Roach is leaving the intricate path of negotiations to make the fight happen to the people close to Pacquiao and Mayweather after seeing previous talks bog down following disagreements on issues ranging from drug testing, prize purse, and pay-per-view sharing.
But Roach said he’s definitely looking forward at getting the Pacman ready for that fight.
“Floyd, we’re coming for you. Let him know,” he stressed.