Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Roach - Manny Pacquiao’s speed is key

Pacquiao’s speed is key, says Roach

IT’S been said time and again by astute Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach among others, that speed kills.

That’s the axiom that Arum always trots out when boxing writers talk about opponents being bigger and stronger than Manny Pacquiao.

Joshua Clottey, the Ghanaian fighter who takes on Pacquiao in a fight card billed as “The Event” at the Dallas Cowboys stadium on March 13, fits into the pattern of being bigger and naturally stronger.

But as Arum has pointed out in the past before Pacquiao pulverized Oscar De La Hoya that while a good big man will beat a good little man, the more telling axiom is that speed kills.

Conditioning guru Alex Ariza and Roach believe that Pacquiao’s speed will “kill Clottey.”

The only concern in Ariza’s mind is Pacquiao’s left leg, which bothered him some weeks ago.

“But it’s holding up well and should be okay for the Clottey fight,” Ariza told Standard Today.

Pacquiao needs to get daily massages and therapy to make sure he is not bothered by it when he steps into the ring against Clottey.


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