Roach: Pacquiao needs to make statement vs Rios
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will need to come up with a decisive victory against Brandon
Rios especially after his back-to-back losses, said boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach, who coached Miguel Cotto to a third-round stoppage win versus Delvin Rodriguez, said a convincing win over a slugger like Rios this November 24 will help Pacquiao prove that he remains to be one of the best fighters out there.
“I don't think we really have to turn the clock back,” the coach told RingTv’s Ryan Songalia about the 34-year-old Pacquiao. “I think he has to go out and make a statement.”
Roach is currently training Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City. He has brought along sparring partners to help the Filipino prepare against a pressure fighter like Rios.
He also cut out basketball from Pacquiao’s training regimen, citing that playing hoops might jeopardize the Filipino’s training camp.
“I'm not a fan of Pacquiao playing basketball,” said Roach. “There are so many injuries that can happen in basketball. Just last month he twisted his ankle.”
Pacquiao is aiming to bounce back from his horrendous knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Manuel Marquez last December.
Roach said his prized ward knows that losing is just part of the boxing game.
“With Manny Pacquiao, we've seen that he's been knocked out twice earlier in his career and he bounced back really well. Manny is a realist, he understands that it's part of the sport, so he knows that anyone can get knocked out and he doesn't really dwells on it. We have to go back to what we were doing in that fight,” he said.
“[Being knocked out] is part of boxing. If you don't think you can get knocked out then you picked the wrong sport.”