Friday, 29 April 2011

Roach: Pacquiao ready to face Mosley's challenge

Posted by chardyboy on Friday, April 29, 2011 0 comments


Trainer Freddie Roach declared reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao ready against challenger Sugar Shane Mosley 10 days before their May 7 showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We're 100 percent ready for the fight. If Mosley brings his best, we're ready for his best," said Roach in Wednesday's media conference that he had with Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

"I don't think there is any room for an upset, but in boxing you never know. We're 100 percent ready on our end. We've done everything we can to get ready for the fight," said Roach.

The four-time Trainer of the Year is confident his ward would win the 12-round fight, that he believes the 39-year-old Mosley will have to resort to fighting dirty to beat pound-for-pound king Pacquiao.

"He'll get dirty, he'll get rough, but it won't matter," said Roach after Pacquiao's work out at the Wild Card gym on Wednesday (Manila time). "He'll get dirty. That's the only way he can win this fight."

The 39-year-old Mosley remains a 6-2 underdog against Pacquiao with less than two weeks before one of the world's biggest fights of the year is held.

Fight plan vs Mosley all set

Both Roach and Pacquiao already know their fight plan like the back of their hands, repeatedly going through the routine non-stop for more than half an hour.

So intense was Pacquiao's workout that a few times the 32-year-old General Santos City native staggered Roach with solid body blows.

But the punches hardly affected the 51-year-old Roach.

"You're hurting me. Drive it hard," Roach said as he taunted Pacquiao to throw more punches at him.

Roach even used an improvised headband where a video camera - provided by Showtime - was placed in order to record up close Pacquiao's intense workout.

Pacquiao later admitted that even against his ageing opponent, who obviously is already way past his prime, he's not about to take any chances.

"No way," Pacquiao told Manila-based sportswriters as he was winding down with his two-hour training. "Kaya nga maaga tayo umakyat (sa Baguio) at nag-ensayo." - JVP, GMA News


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