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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao more mature, less reckless than he was five years ago

By Leo Reyes     Apr 10, 2015 in Sports
Seven-time boxing trainer of the year Freddie Roach is convinced that Manny Pacquiao has matured as a boxer and has become less reckless after his stunning loss to Mexican ring idol Juan Manuel Marquez.
Roach, who is confident Pacquiao will knock out Mayweather on May 2 when they collide at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, said Pacquiao has a better chance of beating Mayweather now because the unbeaten champion is no longer the same fighter that he was five years ago.
While Mayweather has slowed down a bit as shown in his last two fights against Marcos Maidana, Pacquiao has regained his speed gradually, starting with his comeback fight against Brandon Rios in 2013.
"The 2015 version of Manny is more mature, smarter and less reckless than the 2010 version," said Roach. "He will be treating the ring like a chess board anticipating Floyd's moves - ready to cut him off and attack every time he creates an opening."
Pacquiao's loss to Marquez in 2012 was caused by his recklessness as he was winning on judges' scorecards before Marquez caught him with a power punch seconds before the end of the sixth round.
While Pacquiao believes that losing is part of the game, his loss to Marquez was clearly due to his recklessness in the ring which could have been avoided if he was more cautious, while his loss against Bradley was seen by experts as a product of a flawed scoring and not caused by his recklessness.
Roach claimed that Pacquiao has matured as he takes his 65th career fight in the span of 20 years as a professional boxer.
On May 2, Roach expects Pacquiao to fight like he did with legendary Oscar de la Hoya and he isn't just aiming for a win on points, but he wants Pacquiao to win by knockout to derail Mayweather's 47-fight winning streak.
"I look at this the same as I did when Manny fought Oscar De La Hoya. I have all the confidence in the world that Manny is going to knock Floyd out on May 2," Roach said.
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
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Roach hopes that Pacquiao's hatred for Mayweather on his domestic violence record would trigger the resurgence of Pacquiao's killer instinct which the seven-time trainer of the year believe will be the key to Pacquiao's victory by knockout.
"Manny is really against domestic violence," Roach told USA Today. "It is a big issue maybe in the Philippines for him and being a congressman he can control some of that stuff. That is a big plus for me that Manny does not like the guy, I think the killer instinct is going to come back a lot faster."
Although Pacquiao has been in talking terms with Mayweather since their first meeting in the NBA game venue in Florida early this year, Roach said that Pacquiao doesn't really like Mayweather for his domestic violence record.
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