By Luis Sandoval
Manny Pacquiao suffered one of the toughest losses of his career as he was knocked out cold by long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight over a week ago. While Pacquiao lost, what is almost forgotten is that he was actually winning the fight and having one of the better performances we’ve seen from him in quite some time.
BoxingScene caught up with trainer Freddie Roach and he agreed that while Pacquiao did get caught, he still fought a good fight.
“He was fighting the best fight he’s fought in a long time. The thing is he got a little anxious and walked into one. It happens in boxing. Like Manny told me ‘If you don’t think you can lose in this sport, you picked the wrong sport’. And he understands that and he knows it. And we’d like to do it again sometime down the line but right now I want him to take a nice rest and recover completely from that punch. That was a devastating punch and he knows it was his fault. He jumped in from too far away and made a mistake but he was fighting a great fight and I would love to do it again,” BoxingScene was told by Roach as he made no excuses.
Roach had told me before that if he ever saw a decline in Pacquiao he would be the first to bring it up to Manny and would ask him to hang his gloves up. Freddie assures that’s still the case but he didn’t see any decline in Manny leading up to this fight and will find out where Pacquiao is once they begin training again.
“I didn’t see anything wrong. He just got caught. The thing is I won’t really see something until we get back in the gym. If I see something there, if I see a decline there [then] I’ll call it a day and he will also. Thing is I just want him to take a nice rest right now. I don’t think we’ll fight again until like September sometime” Roach would tell BoxingScene.
While it’s been a tough year for Freddie, he did end the year on a good note as his newest fighter, hot prospect Frankie Gomez, scored a great knockout in the first round of his fight on the undercard of Amir Khan-Carlos Molina.
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