Roach Thinks Pacquiao KOs Broner
While Adrien Broner may have youth on his side, according to Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao has regained the killer instinct that made him an eight-division world champion.
Roach returns to the Filipino senator’s corner on January 19th, when he faces Broner In Las Vegas for the WBA “regular” welterweight title. When asked about how he sees the fight going, Roach gave Broner some credit, but sees Pacquiao dropping the Ohio native.
“He does have a good chin,” Roach told BoxingScene.com regarding Broner. “But the game plan is to break him down, break the body down and he’ll go, sooner or later.”
Per Boxing Scene, Pacquiao’s team feels that constant pressure will force Broner to make a mistake and open the door for a potential knockout.
Pacquiao scored his first knockout in nearly a decade when he stopped Lucas Matthysse back in July. Prior to that Pacquiao’s last stoppage came with a TKO of Miguel Cotto in November 2009.
“He’s always had the power and so forth,” Roach said of his fighter. “It’s just part of it is in his head, where he didn’t have to hurt his opponents. But that went away in the last fight, and I hope that stays away.”
“Manny watched his last fight and it was the best fight he’s had in a long time, the first knockout he’s had in probably [8½] years. I think of lot of what went on there can be channeled over to this fight. Broner doesn’t throw a lot of punches, but we have to be the busier and better fighter on the night.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene