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Freddie Roach wants Manny Pacquiao‘s job done in the sixth round. No more, no less.
The Hall of Fame trainer gave this prediction just a day before Pacquiao battles Yordenis Ugas on Saturday, August 21 (Sunday, August 22, Philippine time).
And for Pacquiao to be able to knock Ugas out, Roach has ordered the eight-division world champion to go for a “quick start” when they clash for the World Boxing Association super welterweight crown at T-Mobile Arena here.
Roach knows the Cuban warms up slow and would be unable to fend off Pacquiao’s assaults in the first half of the 12-round PBC pay-per-view.
If Ugas decides to slug it out, as he normally does, Roach feels Pacquiao’s chances of duplicating his seventh-round stoppage of Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018 would even become higher.
According to Roach, he was pleased with how Pacquiao pushed himself in training, thinking he would be up against Errol Spence Jr., the unbeaten World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion.
A torn retina, however, forced Spence to pull out, paving the way for Ugas’ call-up as a substitute on 10-day notice.
By then, Pacquiao has attained optimum form at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood and is already on the tapering stage.
Disappointed by the opponent switch, Pacquiao poured all his frustrations in training and came here even faster and stronger, with Roach even leaking a story on how his top ward knocked a sparring partner down twice.
From what he saw, Roach knows the three-time Fighter of the Year has enough ammunition left to gun down a slower opponent.
Roach said their agreement that he would be the one to tell Pacquiao if it’s time to quit still stands.
So far, however, Pacquiao has shown he remains to be a formidable force. Someone who can carry out execution at the right moment. – Rappler.com