Four-time boxing trainer of the year Freddie Roach believes Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao would score a knockout or a convincing victory over Mexican-American Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios on November 23 at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.
Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Roach predicted that the 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts) would knock out Rios (31-1-1 card with 23 knockouts) inside of six rounds or outbox him the rest of the 12-round fight.
“We are 90 percent ready. We have the game plan down,” said Roach on Thursday via transcript conference call from General Santos City provided by www.philboxing.com. “We know how we are going to fight Brandon Rios.”
Roach assured also that Rios’ height advantage won’t be a problem for the eight-weight division world title holder Pacquiao, who was knocked out Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round last December 6.
“He’s a taller guy and we have been watching the tapes of his last 10 fights,” added Roach. “Overall, training camp looks very good. We have a great game plan and Manny knows how to fight this fighter and I believe it’s going to be a great night for the Philippines.”
With only 10 days left before the fight night happens, Roach admitted Pacquiao must look impressive during the fight but expressed enough confidence that everything is under control.
“I think it is a situation where he has to look impressive in this fight and we are doing everything possible to do that,” said Roach. “The more I see of Rios in the tapes the better I feel. He’s just a tough guy and tough guys don’t win fights. Manny can outbox him and he can do it with ease.”
“We have Manny’s mind on the right path I believe. He knows he has to look impressive in the fight and he knows Brandon Rios is coming off of a loss also. We can’t give into him at all in this fight.”
Asked if Super typhoon Yolanda affected their training, Roach replied it did not bacause the weather in General Santos remained sunny since last week.
JOSEF T. RAMOS