Manny Pacquiao is not at all intimidated by the 47-0 record of pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach predicts his man will go for a knockout, changing an attitude of mercy that was cemented when the Filipino became a born-again Christian.
Roach admits that Pacquiao’s demeanor has gone major changes following his change of religion but the 55-year-old Hall of Famer believes the fire is back in his eyes.
“The reason why he hasn’t been knocking his opponents out lately is he doesn’t want to hurt them and he once told me that he can still win without beating them up.”
But Roach thinks Mayweather has that personality and swagger that has brought back Pacquiao’s menacing ways which the trainer noted after just a few days with him at the gym.
“Manny doesn’t like this guy and I think Manny’s killer instinct will be back for this fight,” added Roach, who will be teaming up for Pacquiao’s 25th fight on US soil.
Pacquiao, 36, became a born-again Christian in late-2012 and his newfound faith affected the way he conducted his business in the ring, noted Roach who has been in Pacquiao’s corner since 2001.
The last time Pacquiao scored a stoppage was against Miguel Cotto, who almost went the distance in November 2009.
In that fight, the referee halted the contest after a furious Pacquiao barrage sent Cotto reeling on the ropes with a only a few seconds left in the 12th and final round.
Roach is confident the long streak of decisions will come to a halt on May 2 when the world’s top two fighters collide at the MGM casino in Las Vegas.
“He (Pacquiao) is not afraid of this guy,” said Roach after presiding over Pacquiao’s recent training session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks