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Manny Pacquiao: Freddie Roach Says His Man Needs a Knockout to Beat Marquez

Freddie Roach says his man needs a knockout to beat Juan Manuel Marquez in December.
Freddie Roach says his man needs a knockout to beat Juan Manuel Marquez in December.Victor Decolongon/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2012

Manny Pacquiao is the consummate crowd-pleaser. The guy just likes to fight and he likes to give his fans spectacular performances in the ring worthy of their respect and their hard earned cash.

That more than any other factor, is why he will step into the ring with Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao knows there is a lot of lingering discontent over his three fights, two wins and a draw, against Marquez. He also knows that in the eyes of many he lost one, two or even all three of those fights.

This is something that Pacquiao and his trainer, International Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, are well aware of heading into the next chapter of this historic rivalry.

And Roach knows that to win, both he and his fighter will need to be better.

"I've had three chances to come up with the strategy and the style to beat this guy and we haven't done well in any of them and the last one was the worst," Roach told Robert Morales of BoxingScene.com in particular reference to Pacquiao's hotly contested decision win last November

"Marquez put the muscle on and he kind of landed the power shots in that fight," Roach said. "And a lot of people thought we lost that fight."

Pacquiao would go on to win a majority decision in the fight, but many observers and Marquez himself, felt the Mexican fighter had once again been wronged.

In a bit of an ironic twist, Pacquiao would go on to lose his next fight via split decision against Timothy Bradley, in a fight most of the world felt he won easily. But unlike the Marquez fight, the uproar from boxing fans and press was unanimous and incredulous. 

There were some who felt that Pacquiao deserved to get robbed, given what was perceived by many as a gift decision against Marquez. 

That's why Freddie Roach says he has no intention of letting his fighter take this fight to the scorecards. It's an outcome, he doesn't think his guy can win.

"But I need to get Manny to get that killer instinct back," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

"To be pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world, I think we need to knock this guy out. I don't think we'll win a decision regardless of how the fight goes."

Manny Pacquiao will meet Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be broadcast on HBO PPV.

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