Freddie Roach Reveals Reason For Manny Pacquiao’s Knockout Loss

Freddie Roach Reveals Reason For Manny Pacquiao's Knockout LossIn 2011 when Manny Pacquiao won a tight decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in the third fight between them, Pacquiao’s zealous supporters weren’t simply content to see their man get a win many experts didn’t believe he deserved.

‘Foot stomp’

What’s bound to set off the Pacquiao fans, though, is trainer Freddy Roach’s explanation to  Los Angeles Times’ estimable sports columnist Bill Dwyre two months after the fact about why Pacquiao’s knockout on December 08, 2012 occurred. In the parlance of the Pacquiao fans, it was the old “foot stomp,” Roach said.

“When you have a lefty [Pacquiao] fighting a right-hander [Marquez], you have guys stepping on each other’s lead foot more than righty-righty or lefty-lefty.

We were concerned enough about that happening — because it had happened a lot in their other fights, and even could be used as a strategy by Marquez — to ask the referee to come to our dressing room before the fight so we could warn him to watch for that.

But what happened was the opposite, and I didn’t see it clearly until later, when I looked at overhead camera shots.


‘Off-balance’

Marquez didn’t step on Manny’s foot. Manny stepped on Marquez’s foot. And when Marquez pulled it out, it sent Manny off-balance and forward — right into the perfect right hand.

I wasn’t ready for that. I had told Manny, when he steps on your foot, don’t pull away. But the other way? I didn’t see that coming.”

So yes, Pacman fans, foot stomping was the reason that Manny was knocked out. This time, though, it was Pacman who did the foot stomping.

Do you buy Freddie Roach’s explanation for Manny Pacquiao’s knock-out? Should a fifth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez ensue, which side will you be rooting for — Team Pacquiao or Team Marquez?

Source: Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports

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Mom Shares Bizarre Explanation For Manny Pacquiao’s Loss

Mom Shares Bizarre Explanation For Manny Pacquiao's LossEveryone has his own reason for Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao. Some say it was a lucky punch while others say Pacquiao had it coming. Of all the explanations put forth, perhaps the most unique is the one offered by Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia Pacquiao. Dionisia, a devout Catholic, blamed her son’s loss on his change of religion.

‘Has not focus’

Pacquiao grew up Catholic but recently converted to Protestantism.

“That’s what he gets for changing his religion,”Dionisia said in an interview in General Santos City. “Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.”

Dionisia says Manny has been distracted by his new faith, and she is not afraid to “face the pastors no matter who they are.”


‘Much-publicized religious transformation’

“Why did they take my son?” Dionisia asked, according to according to Yahoo! Sports Philippines. “When he was quiet and was a champion when he belonged to his former religion?”

Pacquiao has now lost to Timothy Bradley and Marquez since his much-publicized religious transformation earlier this year. But before fighting Bradley, Pacquiao swore that, if anything, he was a better boxer because of his new faith.

Do you believe that Manny Pacquiao’s change of religion had something to do with his losing streak in the field of boxing? Team Pacquiao or Team Marquez?

Source: The Post Game

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