Roach says Pacman won’t tire as ex-foe backs conqueror for KO

Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao

Freddie Roach insists Manny Pacquiao will be good from the first to the last round when he battles Floyd Mayweather this Saturday at the MGM Grand.

“We will never get tired,” said Roach when asked about the observation that Pacquiao will start strong, but Mayweather will nullify that with a strong finish.

“We won’t be like Zab Judah, who never gets in shape for a fight,” said Roach, citing Judah’s mild success in troubling Mayweather when hey fought nearly ten years ago.

“Manny does (gets in shape always)…believe me.”

Judah stunned Mayweather early but faded in the later rounds, allowing Mayweather to regain his bearings and force a decision win.

As Roach views it, Mayweather will likely start out strong and aggressive to catch Pacquiao off guard.

But Pacquiao won’t fall into a trap being laid out by Mayweather, stressed Roach, adding that while the 38-year-old is not a devastating puncher, he is not a light-hitter either.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao seems to be itching to get the job done the soonest.

In his last sparring session in Los Angeles, Pacquiao focused mostly on throwing fast and furious combinations, rapid-fire blows that he intends to mess up Mayweather’s defenses.

Even in the punch mitts sessions, Pacquiao worked on multi-punch combinations, knowing that volume-punching will play a vital role in the scheduled 12-rounder.

Chatchai Sasakul, the Thai puncher Manny Pacquiao knocked out to win the world flyweight crown in Dec. 1998, returned to the Wild Card in Hollywood on Monday to wish his tormentor all the luck for the Floyd Mayweather fight this Saturday.

Not only did Sasakul send his best wishes to Pacquiao. Sasakul even predicted that Pacquiao will stop Mayweather in about eight rounds owing to over-confidence.

“He (Mayweather) should not be that confident against Pacquiao. No boxer should underestimate Pacquiao because he is special and I learned that the hard way,” said Sasakul.

“Mayweather, he is not a strong puncher and he will not be able to take Pacquiao down. But Pacquiao can and will take down Mayweather,” he said.

Besides, Pacquiao, noted Sasakul, has mellowed a bit and is no longer careless and reckless as before.

“Pacquiao has much self-control now.”

S.I. Special

 Sports Illustrated is coming out with two covers of its special issue on the May 2 world welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

Greg Bishop, formerly of the New York Times and who now writes for S.I., showed the Bulletin the cover page featuring Pacquiao and Mayweather.

It’s not every time that S.I. is devoting its cover on the fight game and the decision to feature Pacquiao and Mayweather on two separate covers show how big the fight is.

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

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