“I’m really happy we’re both on the same page,” Roach said. “That’s a good attitude. Technically, we can’t outbox this guy, so we have to outfight him. … I don’t want the nice Manny Pacquiao, touching gloves with the other guy and everything. That drives me crazy. You can’t be friends out there.”
The Hall of Fame trainer also claims he’s pleased Pacquiao ended up with this fight over a rematch with Miguel Cotto or Bradley. Although he emerged from the Bradley bout with the same frustration as his fighter, he found it easy to push it aside.
“Marquez is a bigger and better fight,” Roach said. “Manny dominated Bradley for 11 rounds, even though we didn’t get the decision, so nobody is going to buy that fight. Bradley sold six tickets the last time. Next time, he’ll sell four.”
Pacquiao is making another change in his preparation: He won’t train in Baguio, the high-altitude northern Philippines city where he has traditionally started training camp before heading to Roach’s Wild Card Gym for the final few weeks.
Pacquiao and Marquez will join the short list of rivalries that couldn’t be contained by a mere trilogy, including Sugar Ray Robinson’s six fights with Jake LaMotta and Robinson’s four bouts with Gene Fullmer. More recently, Israel Vazquez’s sensational rivalry with Rafael Marquez, Juan Manuel’s brother, extended to four fights, concluding with Marquez’s third-round stoppage of Vazquez in May 2010.
“I never thought it would go to four fights,” Pacquiao said. “It’s a first for me.”