Steve Collins talks Pacquiao vs Marquez III
Former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion Steve Collins gives his prediction on Pacquiao vs Marquez III ahead of his stint on the Primetime couch for the live broadcast.
Having himself trained with Freddie Roach, the Celtic Warrior was able to give an insight into the training tactics of the legendary coach and why he thinks Pacquiao will be victorious inside the distance. Collins said...
‘Personally I think Manny Pacquiao will be more impressive in this one than the previous two fights. Manny is 33 but Marquez is 38 now and appears to be aging as a fighter. While Manny has fought at this weight a number of times now, Marquez has only fought at this weight once (losing on points to Floyd Mayweather). That gives Pacquiao a weight advantage which could be telling. Of the three fights this is the one I think Manny will look best in.'
‘Manny will want to prove a point in this fight. Marquez has fought Mayweather and lost on points. Manny will want to go and knock him out to prove a point to Floyd. If the Mayweather fight ever comes off that will be a huge confidence boost.'
‘Manny has a lot of faith in Freddie and the two of them have a great rapport. When you get a fighter with ability and a trainer with the knowledge to pass on it’s a lethal combination, and that’s what you have with Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach. That’s helped Pacquiao improve and that improvement is proof of Freddie’s methods.'
‘What makes Freddie so good as a trainer is, if a fighter has ideas and plans, he’ll listen to them. If Freddie says they’re good ideas then you’ll work with them. It’s not always his way, it’s whatever way works and gets results in the ring. By listening to the fighters, that’s what builds the rapport and confidence in each other. Freddie’s fighters don’t fight Freddie’s way, they fight whichever way it takes to get the win and beat the opponent, that’s what makes him different from a lot of other trainers.'
‘Freddie is a great asset to have in your corner during a fight. He keeps his instructions simple, he says what needs to be said and doesn’t complicate it. If something’s not going right, Freddie has so much knowledge and experience he can tell you exactly what to do to change it. That gives you great confidences going back out.'
‘This is a fight I am really looking forward to. I think Manny wants to win inside the distance and that’s what I think will happen.’
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