IF four-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach would be on the side of Sugar Shane Mosley, he would advise the American to start quick and launch a barrage of punches against Manny Pacquiao in the early rounds.
Roach, fresh from guiding Amir Khan to victory against Paul McCloskey told boxing site fighthype.com that Mosley still got the knockout punch and speed.
“Speed is Mosley’s thing and he’s definitely the quickest guy we’ve ever fought,” said Roach, noting that this is the main reason why he is telling Pacquiao to train seriously. “Mosley does have power in both hands and he has knockout power.”
Besides the boxing attributes of Mosley (46-6-1 win-loss-draw with 39 knockouts), Roach described the 39-year-old boxer as “very clever and a dedicated world-class fighter” capable of pulling off a victory against Pacquiao.
“We’re fighting a guy who thinks in there and set things up. He’s a very clever boxer so he could pose a problem for us,” he said. “If I was on Shane’s side, I would start quick and try to exchange with Manny in the early rounds.”
Roach is expecting the two skilled boxers to collide head-on although he is confident that the 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2 with 38 KOs) would dominate the match. Roach predicted that the Filipino ring icon would win via sixth round knockout.
“Pacquiao’s speed and power-packed punches will give Mosley his first knockout loss. It’ll be the icing on the cake for Manny and prove that he’s truly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the whole world,” said Roach.