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article imageOp-Ed: Why Manny Pacquiao will go for early KO win against Mayweather

By Leo Reyes     Apr 26, 2015 in Sports
All indications point to a knockout win by Manny Pacquiao over Floyd Mayweather when they collide Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada
Not only did Pacquiao say that he will knock out Mayweather on Saturday night but he must have realized that a knock out win is his best option because he knows that Mayweather is good at making adjustments in the later rounds after sizing his opponent.
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach was talking about his seventh "Trainer of the Year" award by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) during the workout break at the Wild Card Gym when Pacquiao told him he will knock out Mayweather to assure him that he will get his eighth award next year.
“What would be most special is No. 8, and Manny says, ‘You’ll win that next year, because I’m going to knock Mayweather out,’” Roach said.
“I’ve never heard Manny be so bold. I was really happy he said that to me,”said Roach, who is sending his brother Al to New York to receive the award on his behalf.
But even without assurance that he will knock out Mayweather, Roach needs to make Pacquiao realize that timing is very important in the Mayweather fight.
If Pacquiao will attack Mayweather during the first six rounds, his chance of winning is good rather than him attacking Mayweather in the later rounds.
Mayweather's usual fight plan is to win the fight on points. To him a KO win is just a bonus as shown in many of his fights.
If Pacquiao fails to score a KO in the first half of the fight, he should be ahead in the scorecards at the end of the sixth round in order to have a fighting chance.
But Roach is confident that Pacquiao will win as he compares his condition and enthusiasm now with his condition in his most recent fights.
“I like where my fighter is right now. He’s in the perfect condition to fight this guy,” Roach said. “He’s faster than ever, punching harder than ever. So explosive right now. Ever since this fight was announced, he’s at a different level. He’s trained very hard. I've never seen him better,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao and his entourage will be moving to Las Vegas on Tuesday to prepare for the weigh-in and the final phase of his training.
Boxing fans will have the opportunity to see Mayweather and Pacquiao before the fight but they will have to shell out $10 witness the weigh-in ceremony at the MGM Grand a day before fight night.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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