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Roach is Clear in Backing Pacquiao Against Provodnikov

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

One possible option for the fall being discussed, by Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, is a welterweight clash between Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16KOs). Pacquiao is scheduled to return in November in Macau. Provodnikov is back on Saturday night against Chris Algieri.

The biggest factor in the match is the training situation. Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach is the head trainer of both boxers. When the fight was first being mentioned, Roach made it known that he would remove himself from the match and stay away from working with either boxer. That is no longer the case. If the fight comes about, then Roach would remove himself from the corner of Provodnikov in order to train Pacquiao for the bout.

"He would lose me and my team, as his trainer. It would be a tough decision for them. If that does happen, Manny would get ready for the fight. I think its a good fight for Manny, I feel. I know Ruslan very well. It would be terrible to lose a fighter over that, but these things happen in boxing," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

"[Provodnikov's promoter] Artie [Pelullo] has asked me about that 'if the fight comes about, please let it happen, Ruslan needs that fight.' I haven't talked to Pacquiao about that, because we really have no offer yet. There is nothing on paper, there is nothing being negotiated. If could happen. I wouldn't be happy about it happening because I don't want to fight my guys against each other, but if that's what they want to do then that's what we'll have to do and Manny will have to do his job and beat Ruslan." 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Flaco-N13 on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=Pacquiaotard86;14658035]Wanna see Pacquiao vs madaina so Pac can dominate and makes Floyd look ordinary[/QUOTE]Maidana already made Pretty Girl look ordinary. Manny vs Maidana would be a real brawl.

Comment by Pacquiaotard86 on 06-13-2014

Wanna see Pacquiao vs madaina so Pac can dominate and makes Floyd look ordinary

Comment by serv on 06-13-2014

[QUOTE=House of Stone;14657918]i'd rather see manny fight a golden boy fighter to prove the cold war is over.[/QUOTE] There’s a good chance of it happening. :boxing:

Comment by Daddy T on 06-13-2014

i'd rather see manny fight a golden boy fighter to prove the cold war is over.

Comment by LAPete on 06-13-2014

[QUOTE=Joshua Child;14656758]If I was Ruslan I would be livid over Roach saying this before a big fight. I would fire him on principal alone. Roach really has a big mouth, he doesn't know when to shut up.[/QUOTE] I guess you…

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