Manny Pacquiao Is Best Fighter to End Freddie Roach's Losing Streak

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  (L-R) Trainer Freddie Roach and boxer Manny Pacquiao share a few words during the Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez - Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 17, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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What's the best way to end Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach's losing streak?

Put Manny Pacquiao in the ring.

In Roach's last four major fights, he's an astounding 0-4. He is looking forward to October 15 when Pacquiao arrives to begin training for his December 8 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, according to Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times.

Roach's bad streak began on Dec. 10, 2010 when Amir Khan was defeated by Lamont Peterson, which was followed by a June 9, 2012 Pacquiao loss to Tim Bradley. Khan lost again after that fight, this time to Danny Garcia on July 14. He also saw his guy, Julio Cesar Chavez, lose to Sergio Martinez on September 15.

Pacquiao is so set on defeating Marquez this December—it would be his third-straight win over Marquez—that he took to his Twitter account to announce his promise to his trainer.

I promise Master @freddieroach that the winning streak will resume on Dec. 8. #PacMarquez

— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 6, 2012

You can liken Roach going 0-4 to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees going a game without tossing a touchdown pass: it doesn't happen.

Another thing that doesn't happen? Manny Pacquiao losing to Marquez.

Pacquiao has shown consistent dominance over Marquez, using his powerful jabs and quick feet in the ring to control his opponent. Roach believes that Marquez has dictated Pacquiao's moves in their recent fights.

"For three training camps, we worked on Manny staying away from Marquez's tough straight right hand. He never failed to do it right in training, and then, in three fights, he kept walking right into it. For some reason, Marquez dictates the direction Manny moves."

Roach and Pacquiao are going with a different plan this time around. Roach told Dwyre that Pacquiao wrote him a note that read, "I've got to knock him out."

A knockout of Marquez would be the best way for Roach to end his ominous streak. Regardless, Pacquiao—a career 54-4-2 fighter—is the best man put an end to Roach's string of bad luck.

Pacquiao is pound for pound the best fighter in the world and knows this opponent extremely well, which only helps cement Pacquiao as the best fighter to be put in this situation.


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