Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach knows Adrien Broner has a good chin, something that makes the American challenger a tough customer for Manny Pacquiao in the eyes of many.
But don’t tell that to Roach, who now serves as the Filipino fighter’s coaching consultant.
According to Roach, Team Pacquiao has already devised a strategy with the Filipino great winning by knockout foremost in its mind.
“He does have a good chin,” Roach said in BoxingScene.com, referring to Broner.
“But the game plan is to break him down, break the body down and he’ll go, sooner or later.”
Roach, who served as Pacman’s head trainer at the height of the Filipino’s dominant reign as champion in eight divisions, added that Pacquiao will be more determined to get that knockout win against Broner.
The Filipino boxer tasted his first knockout victory in years against Lucas Matthysse, whom he beat last year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For Roach, it’s all about Pacquiao’s mindset. He thinks Pacquiao’s religious beliefs got in the way of his pursuit to hurt his foes.
“He’s always had the power and so forth,” he said. “It’s just that part of it is in his head, where he didn’t have to hurt his opponents. But that went away in the last fight, and I hope that stays away.”
“Manny watched his last fight and it was the best fight he’s had in a long time, the first knockout he’s had in probably [8 1/2] years. I think of lot of what went on there can be channeled over to this fight.”
The bout is scheduled Jan 19. (Jan. 20 in Manila) in Las vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao will be a special guest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California when the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate Filipino Heritage Night for their home game against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 8 (Jan. 9, Manila time).
Pacquiao will be joined by Filipino-American international recording artist Allan Pineda Lindo, better known as apl.de.ap from the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas.
The little celebration of Filipino heritage is surely a welcome distraction for Pacquiao, who’s deep in training camp.
Pacquiao has been in the United States since late December, as he’s back training at the Wild Card Gym alongside long-time trainer and now consultant Roach.