Famed trainer Freddie Roach once again foresees a knockout victory for his fighter, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
The Filipino boxing icon will be fighting former WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for the third time on April 9th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
It would be a rubber match between “Pacman” and “Desert Storm,” who first faced each other in June 2012, with the latter winning a controversial split decision victory. Their rematch happened in April 2014, this time with Pacquiao winning by unanimous decision.
The said fight will also be Pacquiao’s 66th and final ring appearance before he commits himself to becoming a full-time politician in his home country of the Philippines. Currently a Congressman of the Sarangani province of the Mindanao region, he is eyeing for a senatorial seat through the upcoming 2016 Philippine elections, which takes place on May 9th.
In a report by Ronnie Nathanielsz for Boxingscene, Pacquiao has so far described training as being a “very good camp.” The camp took place in General Santos City.
Freddie Roach, however, is confident about their chances and as usual, foresees a victory for them. In the usual Freddie Roach manner, the 55-year-old boxing trainer once again predicted a stoppage win.
“[It will be] an exciting fight in which Manny will look for a knockout,” Roach said.
Roach had lined up formidable sparring partners for Pacquiao: former WBO NABO super lightweight champion Ghislain Maduma and super lightweight fighter Lydell Rhodes. He will also be sparring with undefeated 147-pounder Frankie Gomez.
For his part, Pacquiao’s last stoppage loss came in 2009, when he won against former middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto via a late 12th round stoppage. Since then, he has ended the rest of his victorious fights via decision.
Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, and the rest of Team Pacquiao are currently in Los Angeles and have resumed training at the Wild Card Gym in West Hollywood.