Future Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says if Manny Pacquiao gets knocked out against Brandon Rios in Macau on November 24 his boxing career will be over. After being so ferociously ko’d by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last December there will be only one option open to the former pound for pound king insists Roach.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports Roach said: "It’s over, 100% (if Pacquiao is knocked out by Rios)," Roach tiold told Kevin Iole.
"We have a deal. When I tell him it’s over, he’ll say it’s over, and that’s it. He’s pretty loyal with his words and if that happens, it will be the end," Roach added.
The loss to Marquez was Pacquiao’s second straight, after losing a highly controversial decision to Tim Bradley in 2012. That said Roach is not panicking just yet.
"The thing is, people look at the losses and they think the reason is that he’s getting old. That’s not the case, not from what I see."
"Look, we all thought he beat Bradley, so throw that out. And in that Marquez fight, I thought he was doing well and was looking like he was going to win by knockout when he made a mistake and ran into a shot”.
When asked if he has seen signs of decline from Pacquaio Roach said matter of factly: "None whatsoever. I’d tell you if I did.
"The minute I think he doesn’t have it, when I see that he’s not the Manny Pacquiao of old, I’ll tell him that’s it.”