Friday, February 26, 2010

Late KO by Pacquiao says Freddie Roach

Freddie Roach has plenty of respect for Joshua Clottey, specifically his rock-solid chin.

But his admiration stops there since he’s confident that Manny Pacquiao is going to beat him on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

“He’s got a good chin but we’ll make him quit sometime late in the fight,” Roach told the Bulletin last Friday in a long-distance call from Los Angeles where he and Pacquiao have been holed up since the third week of January.

Roach was upbeat during the conversation that he assured everyone that “everything’s going great” as far as the training of Pacquiao is concerned.

“His conditioning is very good and his weight is on check,” said Roach, who was on hand to preside over the Filipino pound-for-pound king’s 11-round sparring session with four different guys at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

Roach said Pacquiao’s sparring sessions will reach its peak this weekend when he goes 12 rounds and then the workouts would gradually slow down from there.

Rob Peters, the burly security chief of Team Pacquiao who watches the daily workouts, describes the famed puncher as “dynamite.”

“Manny’s just that,” said Peters, whose other job is to make sure only those with official business are allowed inside the gym when Pacquiao is in training.

Team Pacquiao departs for Dallas on March 8.

While Pacquiao continues to make heads turn, Clottey is also doing the same thing over in his training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Still, Roach is of the belief that the African banger is going to taste what a knockout would be like courtesy of Pacquiao.


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