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Pacquiao tells Roach: I have my punch back

BRISBANE, Australia—There was no promise of a knockout, but what Manny Pacquiao told him sounded like sweet music to Freddie Roach ears.

“Freddie, I have my punch back.”

Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.net
For Roach, the message was Pacquiao’s subtle admission that he’d want to knock Jeff Horn out on Sunday. Something which the eight-division world champion hasn’t done in eight years.

The last time being in 2009, when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.

Since then, all that Roach has seen was near-knockouts in the cases of Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito and multiple knockdowns in the case of Chris Algieri.

While Roach never thought that Pacquiao’s punching power was on the wane, he feels that the killer instinct is solely missing.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/254418/pacquiao-tells-roach-i-have-my-punch-back-jeff-horn

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