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Roach Predicts Pacman Will KO Margarito

Roach Predicts Pacman Will KO Margarito

08/09/2010

We spoke with Manny Pacquiao's mentor Freddie Roach this morning about the legendary trainer's latest pupil, the electrifying young prospect Roberto Marroquin. A full profile of the Dallas native and his decision to train with Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club will come out on TopRank.com this week. In the meantime, there's plenty more Roach-centric news to feast on. Let's get started.

This week, the Hall of Fame inductee said that Pacquiao would adios Margarito with a KO. Reports the Philippines-based GMA Network: "As in the case in the past, Freddie Roach sees Manny Pacquiao sending Antonio Margarito into dreamland once their paths cross in the ring four months from now.

"'Manny will knock him out. We will knock him out,' said Roach when reached for comment a day after Margarito emerged as Top Rank Promotions' anointed one to face Pacquiao in a November 13 fight originally a showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"'I have no problem with the fight. Margarito is a tough guy, but his ring generalship is poor,' Roach added.

"The failure of Mayweather Jr. to respond to the deadline given by Bob Arum, the big boss of Top Rank, and sign a contract to face Pacquiao in a mega-fight paved the way for the 78-year old promoter to look somewhere else. He found the right man keen enough to face the world's pound-for-pound best fighter - Margarito."

Meanwhile, Roach made another bold prediction on behalf of another of his fighters, top-rated contender Vanes Martirosyan. BoxingNews24.com reports: "Freddie Roach made a shocking revelation recently when he said that he thinks that unproven junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KO's), who Roach trains, can beat World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO's)."

Here's a video of Roach talking about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whom the former figther trained prior to the son of a living legend's big win over John Duddy.

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