Floyd Mayweather remains Freddie Roach’s first choice for Manny Pacquiao

16 Nov

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Renowned trainer Freddie Roach has conceded that he is responsible for “over-training” his premier prizefighter Manny Pacquiao. That over-training has been cited as the main contributing factor to his seemingly underwhelming performance against Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday, November 12, however, despite the close encounter with defeat, Roach is still eager to put Pacquiao in the ring with undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Roach still wants the toughest fights for his star pupil. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Mayweather, an unbeaten professional in 42 prizefights, has already attempted to begin negotiations. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, spoke out earlier in the month about Floyd’s reservation of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a date of May 5; a hot fixture in the boxing calendar, more so when it falls on a weekend.

The CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer, who oft works with Mayweather and the Money Team, has also expressed his readiness to negotiate the best fights possible for his star client.

Thus far, however, it is Top Rank Boxing founder Bob Arum – who represents Pacquiao – who has either rejected an attempt at negotiation, or rebuked the reservation of an arena, indicating, instead, he won’t talk about prospective opponents for another month, once his ward is rested after a hard fought battle with Marquez.

According to the man who has coached Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) for over a decade, there is one candidate who ranks above, say, a fourth fight with Marquez or a first match-up with Timothy Bradley: “Floyd Mayweather is my first choice. If he comes to the table, we’ll take the fight any day,” stated Roach after Pacquiao’s majority decision win over Marquez.

Even Pacquiao’s victory over his long-time rival has been a source for heated debate. The consensus at the HBO broadcasting table was that Pacquiao was deserving of the win he was officially awarded, however, other television outlets gave the nod to Juan Manuel. So too did a vocal section of the Arena in the MGM Grand on fight night who expressed their displeasure at the announcement with a raucous din.

“A lot of people are talking about the Pacquiao fight… most people say it was a win on TV and others saw it live and said it was a loss but that’s the way it goes,” Roach explained. “It was just a bad night. I over-trained him, it won’t happen again.

“He wasn’t at his best but we will find a solution and fix it,” concluded the coach.

Related article: Schaefer wants to arrange biggest fight for Mayweather, but Arum not ready to negotiate for Pacquiao

Related article: Khan alters opinion on Pacquiao v Marquez: Manny won by one or two rounds

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