But the Hall of Fame trainer was even more emphatic in regard to Pacquiao, the fighter he trains, according to a recent report by Yahoo!Sports.
“It’s over, 100 percent” if Pacquiao is knocked out by Rios, said Roach. “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.”
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 knockouts), who turns 35 in December, will face Rios (31-1, 23 KOs) in Macau on HBO Pay Per View in an attempt to rebound from consecutive losses by disputed split-decision to WBO beltholder Tim Bradley and sixth-round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez last year.
Rios, who tuned 27 in April is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado in March that was a rematch of Rios’ seventh-round stoppage win over Alvarado last October.
Roach calls Pacquiao’s fight with Rios a shot at “sweet revenge” for a November of 2010 video in which Rios and now-retired former welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito appeared to mock Roach’s Parkinson’s disease.
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