Unhealthy Blood Continues For Pacquiao, Rios Camps
MACAU – Manny Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, says the boxer will use Sunday’s fight against Brandon Rios to punish members of the Rios camp who mocked Roach’s speech, which is affected by Parkinson’s disease.
The fallout from Wednesday’s bodily confrontation between Roach and the Rios camp continued Thursday, with Roach saying Pacquiao had watched video of the heated incident by which Roach was kicked and his speech mocked.
“(Pacquiao) stated to me, ‘Are these the blokes that made enjoyable of you?’ and I mentioned sure, and he mentioned, ‘That is all I must know,’ and he walked away,” Roach advised The Associated Press on Thursday.
“He advised me he’ll deal with this man rapidly.”
Roach, fifty three, was kicked by former co-worker and Pacquiao cornerman Alex Ariza – now within the Rios camp aiding head coach Robert Garcia – and whereas Roach initially known as for police to arrest Ariza, he laughed off the seriousness of the confrontation a day later.
“What (Ariza) doesn’t realize is that Manny hits me 10 instances tougher daily. It was like a woman kicking me,” Roach mentioned.
Sunday’s battle (Saturday night U.S. time, with an undercard beginning at 7 p.m. ET) will be Pacquiao’s first since getting savagely knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago.
The Filipino, as soon as thought to be pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world, is keen to restore his standing within the boxing world after successive defeats against Marquez and a much-criticized judging determination in favor of Tim Bradley.
“He’s hungry after the 12 months off, he is anxious to get within the ring and he is anxious to indicate the world he’s still an elite fighter,” Roach stated. “One of the simplest ways to try this is to knock Brandon Rios out, we both know that, and I have burdened that to him.
“Initially I didn’t think the struggle would go six rounds, and after the way in which he is labored out, I don’t suppose it will go four.”
Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent since he fought Miguel Cotto four years ago, but Roach feels Rios’ aggressive type will open the door for a fast finish.
“Rios is a troublesome guy, and tough guys don’t win fights; good boxers win fights,” Roach stated. “The more I watch him on tape, the worse he will get.
“We will field him, and the knockout will come with Manny’s hand speed and combos and Rios not having a very good defense. One thing we know is that Rios will fight back, and that is our big benefit because Manny is an exquisite counter-puncher and we’ve been working quite a bit on that within the fitness center.”
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