Pacquiao is equally devastating with either hand – Roach

Chris Farina

A one-punch knockout of Floyd Mayweather on May 2 is neither a remote possibility or just a figment of imagination.

Freddie Roach, who will call the shots in Manny Pacquiao’s corner, believes Pacquiao’s left hand – his favorite punch – can shut the lights out of Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Manny has a lot of power in his left hand,” exclaimed Roach when asked about the prospects of such a stirring scenario being played out.

Although Pacquiao hasn’t done that in six years, Roach feels the Filipino’s left has enough stopping power to get the job done even if he is more inclined to believe that a combination of hard blows will do the trick.

The last time Pacquiao sent a foe to dreamland was in 2009 when he flattened Ricky Hatton of England with a left to the jaw.

While Pacquiao stopped Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico following the Hatton smackdown, he settled for decision wins in his succeeding fights, something ringsiders think is proof his power has waned dramatically.

Still, Roach is not discounting the possibility of Pacquiao proving his detractors wrong even though he is a bit more inclined to think that the fight will go the full route.

But should it go 12 rounds, Roach is positive the judges won’t even think twice about favoring Pacquiao, who intends to rain power punches on the defense-savvy Mayweather.

“Pacquiao’s left is his main weapon but his right is as equally devastating if it lands right on the button,” noted the 55-year-old Roach. “Pacquiao, after all, is not a one-armed bomber,” added Roach.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks


Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks