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"I promise you, I've never seen Manny Pacquiao tell me what he told me: one round," Roach said Tuesday as Pacquiao conducted a workout at the Venetian Hotel in Macao, where he'll fight unbeaten junior-welterweight world champion Algieri. It will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
"He's not going to repeat it, but he said it. I feel great about this fight."
Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 knockouts) hasn't recorded a knockout since he dropped Miguel Cotto in 2009, but in a 145-pound catchweight bout that is his lightest since May 2009, Pacquiao on Tuesday dropped several hints that he doesn't believe Algieri is qualified to beat him.
"He's a boy … very confident," Pacquiao said. "I'm not worried…. It's different, I think I'm the smarter guy."
Roach knows that Pacquiao is aware Ruslan Provodnikov knocked Algieri down twice in the first round, and that the challenger lacks a strong punch.
"When he has that type of confidence in himself, I have it, because I know he's worked hard to get there," Roach said. "I feel great about this fight."
Roach still has hard feelings about Algieri's split-decision triumph in June over Roach-trained Provodnikov in Brooklyn, an outcome Roach says was swayed by dubious refereeing and hometown judging.
"I'm not a big Algieri fan," Roach said. "Good kid, speaks well, has 'Rocky' on his side … but it's a very good fight for Manny."