Roach: Manny can box Martinez at 150lbs, Bradley denied Pacquiao fight due to Khan avoidance?

30 Oct

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Former consensus number one super lightweight Timothy Bradley may have blown his chance at sealing a lucrative shot at WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao due to his avoidance of the Filipino’s stablemate at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California – Amir Khan, who is also trained by Freddie Roach. Coach Roach also explained that there is nothing to fear in Sergio Martinez, who Pacquiao could box at a 150lb catchweight.

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Roach unworried about Martinez threat. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“Timothy Bradley who the [expletive] is he?” Roach asked rhetorically when speaking on the Leave It In The Ring radio show recently. “Nobody even knows him, come on, give me a break. He refused to fight Amir.”

An unofficial HBO four-man competition had been tentatively mooted for the elite operators at 140lbs last year. Following Khan’s US debut, against Paulie Malignaggi in the summer of 2010, the Briton declared his eagerness in meeting the fighters in the upper echelons of the division. Later that year, Khan (26-1-0, 18ko) took part in a classic battle with Marcos Maidana, his WBA mandatory challenger, where he won a decision.

In January, earlier this year, Bradley (27-0-0, 11ko) defeated Devon Alexander by way of technical decision. Following this contest it was widely expected that both Khan and Bradley would meet, yet a world-title unification and a fight that would provide the right to lay claim to the undisputed number one tag proved elusive.

Roach stated that he believes Bradley was unwilling to meet Khan and consequently is undeserving of a cash-laden match-up with Manny (53-3-2, 38ko). This, on top of his lack of global appeal: “Who knows Timothy Bradley apart from California? That’s not a match. He’s been calling Amir out for over two years and we get ready to fight the fight and all of a sudden he won’t sign the contract.

“He just wants to go after the money and get in and get out. He’s no match-up to Manny Pacquiao in my opinion,” he said in a finishing comment on the matter.

Another opponent who has been speculatively linked to Pacquiao has been lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, a fighter ranked highly on pound-for-pound lists but one who is still without a contest that has provided large financial gain. The Argentine has therefore been eager to challenge either Floyd Mayweather Jr at 154lbs or Manny Pacquiao at 150lbs, something the latter explained he would be willing to do at the specified catchweight.

Roach, too, said he has no problems pitting Pacquiao into a punch-up with the 160lb king as he does not see the boxing ability in the man who slayed Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk and, most recently, Darren Barker.

“If he can make 150lbs we’ll fight him. Come on down to 150 – we’ll fight you. He looked like [expletive] in his last fight, he’s a good athlete but he can’t fight. He’s a very good athlete, I’ll give him that, but boxing-wise? I don’t see it.”

Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.

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One Response to “Roach: Manny can box Martinez at 150lbs, Bradley denied Pacquiao fight due to Khan avoidance?”

  1. Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    I doubt pacman fights Martinez, he’s smarter than that.

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