“Speed is a great thing to have, but sometimes when you get a little older you slow down a bit. Manny has to really show me something in his next fight for me to continue with him. Even though he got injured in that fight [against Mayweather], I don’t think he fought his best fight. I’d like to see him fight a better fight than that.”
Freddie Roach, recently via ESNEWS
More than likely, Manny Pacquiao would fight a much better fight than the one witnessed on May, 2015, when opposite Floyd Mayweather, the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world according to THE RING (at the time of the bout) staged the most expensive, sorry ass fight we’ve ever seen on PPV. Pac, fully on the mend following surgery to repair a slightly torn rotator cuff suffered prior to the bout and re-aggravated during it, has been mulling options with promoter Bob Arum for his 2016 return. While Amir Khan appeared to be the front-runner for his return, that now seems up in smoke, as Top Rank is embroiled in more intense legal drama with Khan’s manager Al Haymon.
Roach, eager to sell the world on the idea of a rematch with Floyd (who no one believes is done), knows the only way to add more fuel to that fire is if Pacquiao blows up someone credible. “That’s why I’d like to have a rematch because I’d like to see one more time if he can do well in that fight,” sprayed Roach, to ESNEWS. “But for us to get a rematch, we’d have to beat someone with a name and be impressive in doing it.”
During the early summer, Roach had handpicked Danny Garcia, telling assembled media ‘that’s the easiest fight in the f*cking world– Manny would kill Garcia’, even as he was dismissing Khan. But Garcia is relatively new to the 147 lb ranks and didn’t look especially impressive in dispatching the loud-mouthed and feather fisted Paulie Malignaggi into retirement; so despite Freddie’s claims, that bout wouldn’t seem the most attractive option for the Filipino icon. Roach told ESNEWS last Monday that Pacquiao is too strong and too big of a puncher for the titleless Khan to contend with. Styles do make fights, but given Pacquiao’s mugging of Chris Algieri – and Khan’s subsequent struggle with an aggressive Algieri – Pac would indeed murder Khan, and not pick up a belt in the process.
The only fighter capable of producing the desired result from Roach, while reminding the public (and Mayweather) of what a healthy Pacquiao is capable of, is rising star and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford. “Bud” (as he’s known), 27, is coming off of an impressive April stoppage of Thomas Dulorme, after having paint-jobbed former Pac sparring partner Raymundo Beltran prior to that. He is an HBO star, under contract with Top Rank, and currently set to defend his title against the gritty Dierry Jean (another Pac leftover, in camp while preparing for Mayweather).
Is Roach done with Pacquiao? Absolutely not. Roach is a guy with lips looser than the elastic in a fat kid’s boxers. Don’t expect the sport’s version of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to part ways anytime soon, as Roach is merely urging his aging charge to be on high alert for a killer performance when he reappears in 2016. Reports out of the Philippines suggest Pacquiao has resumed elite level training with the desire of a challenger to regain championship heights. With this in mind, fight fans should pay close attention to Crawford’s defense of his title against Jean on October 24 in Bud’s native Omaha, NE.
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