MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has to knock out Juan Manuel Marquez, says 4-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.
In an interview with BoxingScene.com, Roach said that Pacquiao needs to win by knockout “100%.”
“I’m going to plead with him… ‘Do your job and knock him out and don’t let him off the hook,’” Roach said.
Roach had earlier said that he will urge Pacquiao to knock out Marquez so that there will be no doubt as to who is the better fighter.
The November 12 bout will be the 3rd between the two fighters.
In their first bout in 2004, Pacquiao had knocked Marquez down 3 times in the first round. Yet the Filipino settled for a controversial draw.
The rematch in 2008 ended in a close split decision victory for Pacquiao.
Because of the questions surrounding the two previous bouts, Roach says that Pacquiao needs to do everything he can to knock out the stubborn Mexican warrior.
But Roach is not underestimating Marquez.
“He will get ready for Manny and he will fight us,” Roach said. “He won’t go into a shell – like some other people have done in the past.”