|Manny Pacquiao does not train to KO people
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 7, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © Chris Farina/Top Rank)
There are about 4 or 5 trainers in the sport that I absolutely admire. Freddie Roach is one of those Trainers. The long time trainer for Manny Pacquiao was generous enough to sit down with our very own Gabriel Montoya to give Doghouse Boxing reader's a unique update into Pacquiao's training for his December 6th bout against Oscar De La Hoya.
In the interview, which I provide a link to at the bottom of this article, Roach discussed the recent talk of
Pacquiao knocking out De La Hoya by round nine. When asked by Montoya if he was focusing more on the knockout or more on winning each round, Roach responded in a way you'd expect from a man of great wisdom.
Roach, isn't under any illusions, he knows the road ahead is tough. Roach admits Pacquiao does not train to KO people, but in fact trains for 12 difficult rounds. Roach tells Doghouse Boxing: "If the knockout comes it'll be a bonus. That'll be gravy. But you know, Pacquiao doesn't train to knock people out. He trains to fight twelve hard rounds. And that's what we're going to do." Roach, who is known for working his pupils hard with great results, went on to add that Pacquiao will push the fight and make each second of the fight count. "Push the issue. Make Oscar fight three minutes of every round. I think we will get him somewhere along the way because he does tire. But you know, obviously Oscar is a great fighter. I'm confident but I know it's not going to be easy," said Roach.
For the full interview, please click this link: Montoya's Interview with Freddie Roach
You won't be disappointed. Roach always makes for an interesting read, and Montoya as usual is on the top of his game.
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