MACAU — Robert Garcia, the trainer of Brandon Rios, said Friday that Manny Pacquiao is showing signs of coming to the end of his career and will be vulnerable in Saturday’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao is coming off two losses and has not fought since his devastating knockout defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago. Garcia said he’s noticed subtle signs of decline in the Filipino boxer, once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
‘‘Everybody’s end comes someday and it could be this fight,’’ Garcia said. ‘‘He does have a lot to lose in this fight, and that’s pressure not only for him but his trainer and everybody in his camp. There are things I’ve seen in his last two fights that maybe a lot of people who haven’t fought don’t see. I went through those things and I already see them . . . A A lot of fighters go through the same things, they don’t even tell their wives, but I can see it in him.’’
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach bristled when told of Garcia’s comments. There has been no love lost between the camps since a physical altercation between them in the training gym on Wednesday.
‘‘When does he watch my guy? Does he see my guy train every day, does he see the sacrifices my guy goes through, does he see the roadwork we do every day?’’ Roach said.
‘‘If Manny shows any sign of slippage in training camp I’d be the first to tell him it’s time to quit, and it’s not time yet for sure. I hope they are overconfident because Manny is going to destroy this guy.’’