Sting­ing loss to May­weather

Fred­die Roach: Loss to May­weather af­fected Pac­quiao the most

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MANNY Pac­quiao’s knockout loss against Juan Manuel Mar­quez in 2012 did not bother him as much as the set­back he suf­fered against Floyd May­weather Jr. in 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to Hall of Fame coach Fred­die Roach, Pac­quiao was never the same fighter in the af­ter­math of be­ing stopped as a pro. But he ex­plained that Pac­quiao, who suf­fered stop­page de­feats in the early days of his ca­reer, saw the knockout loss as just an­other part of the sport.

“Manny Pac­quiao knows that be­ing knocked out is part of the sport and ac­cepts it more than any­one else,” Roach told box­ingscene.com. “It’s part of the sport, un­for­tu­nately, things hap­pen and that night things did not go our way.”

Pac­quiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is train­ing un­der Roach, best friend Buboy Fer­nan­dez and strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Justin For­tune for his de­fense of the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) “reg­u­lar” wel­ter­weight ti­tle against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs).

The con­test sched­uled Jan. 19 at MGM Grand in Las Ve­gas, with Show­time Pay-Per-View car­ry­ing the bout.

In the same Las Ve­gas venue in 2012, Pac­quiao faced Mar­quez for the fourth time in their ri­valry.

In the sixth round, Pac­quiao ap­peared to be on the verge of se­cur­ing a stop­page win when Mar­quez, in the fi­nal sec­onds, clipped him with a per­fect counter and the Filipino star was knocked un­con­scious.

While there was al­ways some talk of a fifth en­counter, Mar­quez made a ca­reer de­ci­sion to re­ject that op­tion and even­tu­ally re­tired.

“We were a a punch away from get­ting the same re­sult on the other side. If Manny had not lost his bal­ance, he would not have been beaten that way,” Roach re­called.

“When they knocked me out the first time I was never the same, but Manny Pac­quiao sees it as part of the sport and that’s why I think he’s so ef­fi­cient.”

In 2015 also in Las Ve­gas, un­de­feated five-divi­sion world cham­pion May­weather beat Pac­quiao by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in the bout billed as “The Fight of the Cen­tury.” —BOX­INGSCENE.COM

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