"He has definitely put the knockout behind him. Manny Pacquiao knows that the knockout is part of the sport. He realizes that if you aren't able to handle the knockout, you picked the wrong sport. He is totally recovered and is brave as ever in the ring," stated world-class trainer Freddie Roach, who is confident that multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has put his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez behind him. In fact, according to Roach, Pacquiao has looked great in training camp and he's more than ready to face hard-hitting former lightweight champion Brandon Rios on November 23.
"Well, Manny was fighting one of the best fights he has fought in a long time. At the time he fell into the punch; those things happen. Whether it was a lucky punch, Marquez was throwing a lot of punches. The thing is, in that fight, if Manny had waited one second more, Manny was going to win that fight by knockout. Nothing carried over," Roach explained during a conference call held earlier today. "Manny has looked great in training. I know people are skeptical about him, but knockouts are what they are. Manny Pacquiao is a realist. He understands it is part of the sport. He's been knocked out twice before. I remember him showing me the tapes when we first started working together and I said, 'I don't want to see those knockouts. You know what happened.' So he accepts that and I don't think it's going to affect him at all. But we probably won't know until the fight."
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