Legendary trainer Freddie Roach told the Philippine Star Wednesday a trilogy of battles pitting WBC and WBO super welterweight champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao against WBC welterweight king “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather is a possibility.
“You know, obviously, everyone wants Mayweather,” said Roach, 51, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the Boxing Writers Association of America. “Of course, we’re all getting a little tired of hearing his name because he doesn’t want to fight Manny. But hopefully, that fight will happen. “That fight is so interesting, it could end up being a trilogy. Actually, it could be the last three fights for Manny, if the fight goes as we see it because they’re both very, very good fighters so it’s a fight we want.”
In controversial fashion, Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) knocked “Vicious” Victor Ortiz onto Queer Street to capture his crown last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Conversely, Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) is slated to throw fists with WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight king “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Despite an estimated purse that could pay both boxers in excess of $50 million apiece, the absolute disdain between Pacquiao and Mayweather has long jeopardized the likelihood that such a bout will ever materialize.
Mayweather, a spectacular talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, has not yet decided on a future opponent.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, is concentrating on training for the extremely formidable Marquez (53-5-1, 38 KOs).
Marquez battled Pacquiao to a draw to retain his WBA and IBF featherweight titles in May 2004.
Nearly four years later in March 2008, Pacquiao narrowly escaped Marquez and managed to swipe the WBC super featherweight crown from “Dinamita” with a controversial split decision triumph.
Provided Pacquiao properly disposes of Marquez in approximately two weeks, Mayweather is the only viable prizefighter left for him to meet.
“There’s nobody out there for Manny anymore,” admitted Roach. “Manny might just end up fighting Mayweather after all.”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum tweeted in September that obstacles no longer remain for cementing a clash between the iconic pugilists.
“There are no issues,” tweeted Arum, who noted both the finances and drug testing procedures for the fight have been agreed to.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton who is confident that Mayweather will ultimately refuse to fight Pacquiao.
“Go away Floyd,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “You don’t want to fight.”
Unfortunately for boxing fans, Floyd Mayweather always has “issues” and he does not “want to fight” Manny Pacquiao because such a match would imperil his unblemished mark.
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