‘They will see Pacquiao’s best’

Roach declaration

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PACQUIAO: We’re going to knock him out.

LAS VEGAS—Is Manny Pacquiao on the wane?

Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t think so, stressing that Pacquiao still has more to give based on his ward’s performance at the end of their training camp for Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV.

“What he’d shown me, he can still do it. They (Pacquiao bashers) haven’t seen the best of Manny yet,” Roach told select members of the media at the baby lounge of MGM Grand Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

“They’re going to see the best of Manny,” added Roach, who is confident Pacquiao will turn in a much-better performance against Marquez on Saturday night.

As proof, Roach said Pacquiao scored four knockdowns against three sparmates in the course of their seven-week training at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

Roach admitted that he’d asked Pacquiao to knock Marquez out, just to shut the Mexican’s loud mouth.

But if Pacquiao fails to do so for the sixth straight fight, Roach is willing to settle for a clear and lopsided decision.

“We’re hungrier this time. Ready to go,” said Roach. “My ward is 100 percent focused. We’re going to knock him out.”

Legendary Mexican trainer Ignacio Beristain, who has produced 25 world champions and is also enshrined in boxing’s Hall of Fame, however, is also convinced that Marquez is in prime position to prove that he was indeed robbed of victory in their third fight, or even the first two.

Beristain said Marquez is a smart, thinking fighter who can make the adjustment in the ring much better than Pacquiao can.

But he warned Marquez to be careful if he decides to go on  offensive mode as “Manny is very strong, explosive, very unpredictable.”

Having learned from battling Pacquiao for 36 rounds, Berestain said Marquez will finally get the judges’ nod this time.

Earlier, Pacquiao said he is prepared to do battle with Marquez and counter whatever the four-division champion will bring into the ring.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TNXCAYFEKJBYW4CCMTVUDURBWA RS

    tama na press release, tama na analysis… tama na predictions… let’s get it ON. 
    bakbakan na!   time to walk the walk and stop the talk! 

  • msm25

    assoooooooooooosss…ilam beses na nming nrinig yan…pwede bang less talk, more action nalang…

  • Platypus09

    The problem here is lots of judges now are up against him.

    Meaning that if he does not knock his opponent down, then he could LOSE.

    If knocks them down, which he is capable of doing, then he could win without a doubt, especially if his opponent is American.

    American or Mexican, he might still lose if he fails to knock them down.

    That’s the bottom-line.

    • regd

      Maybe re-phrase that again? My logical reasoning is too backward to deal with the cleverness of your statement. The American opponent thing does not compute?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

        “Logical reasoning is too backward”?  

        Anyway.
         
        You got to read between the lines.  I think he/she is alluding to the Bradley fight. He lost a lot of fans when he made everyone wait so he can watch the NBA finals and then hop on the stationary bike.  I really think he was punished by the judges for that.  That feeling might still carry to the next fight.  I think Pac’s camp knows about it.  

  • valsore

    Pacquaio was a great hero.  He raised the honor of the Philippine nation higher than any Filipino in history.  He should have retired from boxing after so many fights that he could not knock down anyone anymore.  A great hero should also know how to fade away. If you lose, Manny, you will not be as great anymore as when you were unbeaten.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      Stop.  He ain’t a hero.  Why do you think he is a hero?  labeling him a such is a slap in the face of the real Filipino heroes (Bonifacio etal).

  • durun

    I’ve watched the Mayweather-Marquez fight where Mayweather dominated Marquez and won a unanimous decision.  Perhaps Pacman can learn from that fight and adopt the defensive and offensive skills of Mayweather in that fight.  I am not saying Mayweather is better than Pacquiao but for him to win this fight, he should change his tactic and be on the offensive end.  The problem is if Marquez keep running then, it would be difficult for him to knock him out.   Anyway, good luck to you Manny.  Focus more on your boxing career and restore your ‘old glory’ as the best pound for pound boxer in the world.  Good luck to all bettors!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

      Not going to happen.  His style is too ingrained.  You see him go back to his brawling style when he is in trouble.  His best chance is to go back to his old brawling style but with better footwork and defense.  He might have a chance to finish it early.  Otherwise, it will be the same show.

  • avidreaderofinquirer

    I really wish that he will be knock-out by Marquez….maybe then, he would quit boxing and focus more on his responsibilities as Congressman….

    • Platypus09

      Share the wealth.

      Give that political seat to somebody else who has proper education and can make better decisions.

      • SG0609

         like ecleo, mikey arroyo, andal ampatuan, lito lapid, bong revilla, erap!!!

      • avidreaderofinquirer

        he was voted by his constituent as their representative in the Congress, maybe because they believe in him…and we can’t do anything about it…he’s there and he should prove his worth as a Congressman and not as a boxer. Many politicians have the proper education, but they tend to be more greedy than those who don’t have. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HZPNFZAQUILH5A72O27WFLZNAA angelito

    ganyan ang pinag sasabi ng kampo ni pacman ng labanan nya si bradley,pagsapit ng laban ibang pacman ang nakita ng mundo, ang resulta talo si pacquiao,kasi gumagawa ng pera itong 2 boxer,palabas lang nila iyon,tumatanda na kayo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002209284013 Emanwell Packyeoh

    ‘They will see Pacquiao’s best’-

    PAG SURE OI!

  • alexfrommactan

    Nancho said that Marquez is going to get the nod of the judges this time. That says everything about the strategy which is going to be the same as before. With all the hype from Marquez that they want to take the judges out of the equation by trying to knock Pac out, I think the only way Marquez can win is to fight smart and counter smart, and get a decision.

    If he goes to to toe with Pacquiao, he will fall to the canvas – very hard.

  • calipso_2100

    I’ve heard this a number of times already.  But Pac didnt deliver during fight night.

    I hope it’s true this time.

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