ABS-CBNnews.com | 12/05/2012 11:43 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach believes Juan Manuel Marquez will stick to counter-punching instead of launching a toe-to-toe battle against Manny Pacquiao.
The Mexican may have promised to engage Pacquiao in a close-quarter fight, but Roach claimed that it is not in Marquez’s nature.
"He says he's going to fight us this time. That he's going to stand there and he's going for a knockout. Marquez is a counter-puncher. I believe he'll run still,” Pacquiao’s trainer said in Boxing Scene .
“He might try to fight with Manny, but once he feels Manny's power he'll go the other way," he added.
Roach admitted that Pacquiao looked vulnerable against Marquez in the third fight last 2011.
He, however, stressed that the Filipino boxer wasn’t 100% focused in that fight because of family issues.
"I don't think he really saw the best Manny yet. In the third fight [I thought] he would be the Manny who is using both hands. We had a few distractions before the fight and his mind wasn't there. I think he's going to see the best Manny and the best Manny will be way too much for him," said Roach.
Proof of Pacquiao’s focus for this weekend’s fight is the number of knockdowns he has registered in camp.
"We've had four knockdowns in training camp. I don't think we've had knockdowns in training camp since the Cotto fight I believe," Roach said.