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article imageRoach: Pacquiao to knock out Margarito inside eight rounds

By Leo Reyes     Sep 21, 2010 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, who is known for his accurate fight predictions, said Antonio Margarito will hit the canvas within eight rounds when the Mexican-American boxer collides with Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
Roach predicted Oscar de la Hoya won't last against Pacquiao's speed and power saying the legendary boxer's legs are gone. He also predicted David Diaz won't make it with the Filipino boxer and said Diaz will go down inside nine rounds.
“I’d be disappointed if we don’t knock him out,” said Roach who made his very first appearance at the Philippine Sportswriters Association weekly forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue, Philstar.com reports
He was pressed for more, and said, “Inside eight rounds.”
Roach knows Margarito is a dirty fighter. “He’s a very physical person and he can do anything to win that fight. If he can do anything he’ll do anything to win.”
“We’re working on that -- the elbows, the headbutts. We need to keep Manny out of that position,” said Roach.
“We’re going to use a lot of angles for this fight. And if Manny fights the way he fights, we can take that (risk) away and it won’t be a problem,” he added.
Roach knows Margarito's fighting history very well and he will scrutinize Margarito's hand wraps prior to the fight.
Roach said on fight night he’d make sure he’ll be inside Margarito’s dressing room when they wrap his hands.
“I’ll be the one to check on that,” said Roach of the 5-foot-11 Mexican-American who is much taller and bigger than Pacquiao. He also has a huge reach advantage over the Filipino boxer.
Antonio Margarito has been suspended for a year from professional boxing in California after he was caught with illegal hand wraps before climbing into the ring at the Staples Center Los Angeles to face Shane Mosley in January 2009.
Roach arrived in Manila last Sunday along with Pacquiao's sparring partners, Glen Tapia of New Jersey, who is undefeated in his seven professional career and another welterweight Manuel Medina.
Two other sparring partners of Pacquiao will soon join him in his training camp in Baguio. They are Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr of Mexico and Vanes Martirosyan of Armenia who are both US residents.
Roach and his entourage will camp out in Baguio City for four weeks and move later to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on the third week of next month for the final phase of training.
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