Roach tells Pacquiao to 'just fight' Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach will go back to basics as he prepares Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao for his fourth encounter against great rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
Roach has seen Pacquiao fight Marquez three times, with the first bout in 2004 ending in a draw. The Filipino won the two rematches, but both were controversial decisions that could have gone in the Mexican's favor.
In their trilogy bout last November, Pacquiao eked out a majority decision victory but struggled all night against Marquez's pin-point counterpunching.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Roach hinted that the Filipino champion will change his tactics for the fourth fight in the hopes of finally getting a decisive victory.
"Throw everything out the window, and just fight this guy," Roach said.
Roach has been overseeing Pacquiao's training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, and reports out of training camp have been generally positive.
This is despite Pacquiao's decision to delay his United States training camp to take care of personal matters at home. The "Pacman" spent the first few weeks of his training camp in General Santos City.
"He's doing great," Roach said of Pacquiao. "I'’ve got great sparring so far. He boxed nine rounds today and he did exactly what I wanted him to do."
Pacquiao and Marquez will fight for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.