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Roach To Advise Pacquiao To Retire if He Struggles

Manny Pacquiao's trainer says the Filipino boxer will contemplate retirement if he fails to perform well against Brandon Rios this month. Freddie Roach said if the Rios fight “does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement,” but that Pacquiao was training as well as ever for the November 23rd pay-per-view bout in Macau.

Pacquiao is coming off  defeats against Timothy Bradley in a much-criticised judges' decision, and then a knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.

A third successive defeat would put his career at the crossroads, and while Roach said performance levels were more important than results, he acknowledged serious thought would have to be given to the future of “Pac-man” if he does not return to his best in Macau.

Pacquiao is juggling his boxing career with responsibilities as a Philippines congressman and other outside interests, and defeat could see him turn his attentions fully to his commitments outside the ring.

“If it does not go well, we will seriously talk about his retirement and possibly going to politics,” Roach said. “It's really hard to say until we see the fight, but I will be the first one to tell him to retire, and we have an agreement that as soon as I tell him that, he will retire.”

However Roach said: “I don't see him slipping in the ring at all.”

The brutal nature of the Marquez knockout, when Pacquiao fell face first to the canvas, raised questions about whether he could maintain the all-action, on-rushing style which propelled him to the top of boxing.

Roach said he saw no sign of any inhibition or caution in his style so far during a scheduled 110 rounds of preparation.

“I know people are skeptical about that. Manny is a realist. He accepts it. It does not bother him,” Roach said. “If you don't think you're going to be knocked out, you've got the wrong sport.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by littlemac on 11-14-2013

Roach just wants to save face with Manny. Manny just got exposed as a blown up hypejob and the only remedy to save face is to say Manny is no longer prime or some weak excuse like that. Manny is…

Comment by CatchweightKing on 11-14-2013

PAC already said he won't retire. He's not gonna listen to roach

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 11-14-2013

[QUOTE=turnedup;13928029]So your explanation of Ruslan Provodnikov's rebirth is what? Roach doing it by mistake? How many belt holders has this man had in the past 5 years alone? More than some trainers see in a lifetime.[/QUOTE] - Lots of questions…

Comment by Heavy Heart on 11-14-2013

[QUOTE=oneon11;13928584]Honestly who really cares if he retires????? I'm only concern with American boxers that don't duck blood & urine test. All this he will retire crap means nothing when Marquez already put this guy to sleep. The loyalty people have…

Comment by Heavy Heart on 11-14-2013

[QUOTE=flint;13928322]if pacquiao was'nt so dumb. maybe he should tell roach to retire as he struggles[/QUOTE] And still your boy will duck him.:bottle:

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