Roach sees KO win

HOL­LY­WOOD – There was a sparkle in Fred­die Roach’s eyes as he watched Manny Pac­quiao spar four rounds against am­a­teur Arnold Gon­za­lez Satur­day.

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

Roach was so im­pressed with Pac­quiao’s con­di­tion he can al­most see a knock­out win over Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand on Jan. 19.

“He (Pac­quiao) told me he’d knock this guy (Broner) out. He’s never said that to me in my life,” Roach said af­ter the ses­sion.

Pac­quiao must have whis­pered it in Roach’s ears at one time.

“I’m happy he’s say­ing he wants a knock­out here. I’m ex­cited for this fight,” Roach told Filipino re­porters

“We had our best day to­day,” he boasted.

Pac­quiao moved so well in­side the ring against the Har­lem, New York-based am­a­teur, who’s turn­ing pro next month.

Gon­za­lez ad­mit­ted that Pac­quiao shook him a cou­ple of times dur­ing the spar­ring ses­sion, which is sup­posed to be the last in this camp.

“To­day, he caught me with the hard­est shot I’ve been hit the whole camp. He con­nected straight to my face. I re­ally felt it,” he said.

In this camp, Gon­za­lez sparred with Pac­quiao more than 20 rounds.

Roach had not seen Pac­quiao score a knock out in nine years, not with him man­ning the Filipino cor­ner.

The last time Pac­quiao knocked out some­body with Roach in his cor­ner was in 2009 against Miguel Cotto.

When Pac­quiao stopped Lu­cas Matthysse in seven rounds last July in Kuala Lumpur, Roach was thou­sands of miles away. It was Buboy Fer­nan­dez who called the shots.

“If he (Pac­quiao) lands his shots the way he did to­day he will. I’m happy he wants a knock­out. The killer in­stinct is back,” added Roach.

“I’m anx­ious to see this fight hap­pen,” he said.

It was writ­ten some­where that Roach had pre­dicted a Pac­quiao vic­tory in nine rounds.

“Nine is just my fa­vorite num­ber,” Roach said at his Wild Card Gym.

ABAC CORDERO

Manny Pac­quiao wraps up his last spar­ring day.

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