Pacquiao, Roach Differ on The Exact Plan For Return

By Luke Furman

Former champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs) is ready to return to the ring in either April or May, but his trainer Freddie Roach is recommending a longer period of rest.
Last Saturday in Las Vegas, Pacquiao was brutally knocked out in the sixth round of his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao doesn't care about the return opponent; he just wants to get back in the ring. He doesn't have a problem with returning in April or May. Top Rank had previously reserved a date of April 20th for Pacquiao, with Brandon Rios as the tentative opponent.
“I am a boxer. Whoever my promoter gives me to fight, I will be ready. I’m going to train and prepare harder. I want my fans to see the old and aggressive Manny Pacquiao. But now, my fighting style will depend on my opponent," Pacquiao said.

Roach is not on board with an early 2013 return. He wants Pacquiao to rest until the fall of 2013. Before Pacquiao returned to the Philippines, they briefly spoke about a 2013 return.

“April or May is way too soon. I sat down and swallowed what happened the other night. Then I got to talk to Manny and we had a great conversation on what’s going to happen next and how he feels. We haven’t completely decided but we have a good idea. You get hit with a shot like that and maybe you had a concussion. I wouldn’t be thinking of a fight until maybe September. That’s my idea of the soonest," Roach told The Philippine Star.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bretty Poy32 on 12-20-2012

june should be fine and then fight in december again.

Comment by Live2box on 12-20-2012

I said this before. The punch that dropped him in the 3rd was more worrying, compare to the one that put him into deep sleep in the 6th. Anyone can be put to sleep if they walk into an on…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=~BoZz~;12807673]wtf..5 or 6 months is a long time to stay away from the ring..3 or 4 months are even enough..what is he gonna do till september??? He will rust like a mofaka...[/QUOTE] Give his head time to recover from being…

Comment by kidrock09 on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=LeftHookGarcia;12811548]Pacquiao is a damn warrior, but we already knew this about Manny.[/QUOTE] Boxing is about winning and losing. But health 1st, truth to nerve by genius Floyd... But if only Floyds wants to give audience moneys worth, with excitement and…

Comment by kidrock09 on 12-13-2012

[QUOTE=Nekronicle;12809548]Pacman don't need no time off, he was doing fine in that fight...Pac/Marquez 5 i see Pac KO'ing JMM this time around ..not in such a spectacular way but if he is smart for once , TKO will come in…

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