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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Roach: Pacquiao all primed up for Cotto fight

LAS VEGAS – One look at Manny Pacquiao, and Freddie Roach already knows he’s primed up for Miguel Cotto.

“He knows the game plan better than me at this point," said Roach on the final day of sparring in Pacquiao’s training camp at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

“He’s one step ahead of me at all times."

The 49-year-old Roach, regarded as one of boxing’s top trainers today, was pleased with the way Pacquiao’s eight-week training turned out, beginning in the highlands of Baguio and ending up in the bright lights of Hollywood.

Prior to departing for Las Vegas, Pacquiao sparred for the last time, going four rounds with Rey Beltran to bring his total sparring rounds to 153.

Roach was happy with what he saw.

“We had a good sparring (Monday). It was nice and loose," he said. “We’re ready to go."

With sparring sessions over and done with, Roach bared the Filipino boxing champion would just work on the mitts at the IBA gym and go through some of the nitty-gritty details of their fight plan.

“We already slowed down and we’re doing the same in Vegas. We’ll go over the game plan mentally and just physically walk through it in the ring to make sure that everyone’s in the same page and fight the perfect fight," added the three-time Trainer of the Year.

For good measure, Roach admitted he watches Cotto’s fight everyday to see if there is still some last minute adjustment they could work on.

Roach however, does it on his own as he bared Pacquiao doesn’t watch fight tapes that much.

“He gets bored after 30 seconds," he said. - GMANews.TV

Source: gmanews.tv

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