Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pacquiao's Primed to Make His Point in All 12 Rounds

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pacquiao's Primed to Make His Point in All 12 Rounds

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Byline: Marco Giacomelli

THE PS330million showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has been five years in the making. And if Pacquiao has his way, then the biggest fight in history will not be over in a flash.

The Filipino and his trainer Freddie Roach hinted at their strategy during the WBO welterweight champion's final workout before heading to Las Vegas for Saturday night's bout.

Pacquiao believes his best chance of defeating Mayweather, a man renowned for his defence and counter-punching, is for the fight to go the distance.

"I'm not really looking for a knockout," said Pacquiao, who arrived in Las Vegas last night. "We're not looking only for a knockout but for throwing a lot of punches, and also making sure that every round, we're ahead on points."

The eight-division world champion has trained fiercely for 12 rounds of non-stop attack against the leading defensive fighter of his generation.

At Roach's Wild Card gym in Hollywood yesterday, Pacquiao was a whirlwind from the moment he stepped in the ring, throwing dozens of punches in combinations against his trainer's gloves and chest protector.

While Roach took a break, Pacquiao shadowboxed across the canvas, peppering the air with hundreds of rapidfire punches long after his workout could have been over.

"You can beat Floyd Mayweather if you outwork him and never give him a chance to do the things he does best," said Roach. "Manny is punching real hard but I want him to outscore [Mayweather] in every round. I think we can win a 12-round decision. We want to throw a ton of punches."

Pacquiao has built his career on quickness and volume punching both outmanoeuvring and outworking nearly all of his opponents over the past 10 years. He has never faced a fighter with Mayweather's particular skills but Roach believes the WBC and WBA champion has never dealt with an opponent as relentless as his man. …

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