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Roach: Crawford's Win Helps His Cause To Land Pacquiao Fight

By Ryan Burton

Half of Fame trainer Freddie Roach recently stated that he believes Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2) has two fights left in his legendary career.

One potential opponent for Pacquiao is Top Rank stablemate, WBC/WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford.

The Omaha native has been in the running for Pacquiao's previous two fights but the Filipino's team ultimately chose to face Tim Bradley in a trilogy clash in April and last month defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision for the WBO welterweight title.

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Roach has previously stated that a fight against Crawford (30-0) would be very difficult for his aging superstar. He did however acknowledge that Crawford's knockout win over John Molina earlier this month helped his cause. 

"(Getting a win) always puts you closer to a Manny Pacquiao fight. Manny wants to keep fighting and if we don't get the Mayweather fight we want to fight the best guys out there. We don't want easy fights. We will fight anyone. We want to fight anyone in the top 10," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

If Roach had it his way, the fight would take place at 140 pounds but believes that Pacquiao would rather stay in the welterweight division. Pacquiao has not weighed less than 143-pounds since 2009, when he weighed 138 for a brutal knockout of Ricky Hatton. For every welterweight fight since 2013, he's weighed between 143 and 145.

"I like the fight at 140 but he hasn't fought at 140 in a long time. I think he will be a bit quicker and a bigger puncher but he's been at 147 for so long so we will see," Roach stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rrayvez on 12-25-2016

[QUOTE=revelated;17306890]Mosley was never a good defender? Are you nuts? Defense isn't just about blocking punches, defense is about hitting and not getting hit. Sugar Shane was a master at that art. Even against Avanesyan…

Comment by revelated on 12-25-2016

[QUOTE=rrayvez;17306194]Manny of 2009,sure. Manny of 2016, no shot. Mosley was never a good defender btw, and the version mosley that pac fought was well past his prime. You're really reaching if you're putting your hopes of Crawford losing based on…

Comment by rrayvez on 12-25-2016

[QUOTE=marikudo;17306522]Crawford is not a special talent. He fought bums that's why, at his age, he is not a PPV star.[/QUOTE] see, now this is the problem of debating boxing with people who either don't know boxing or are biased. Ppv…

Comment by marikudo on 12-25-2016

[QUOTE=rrayvez;17302842]Fair response. I know pac isn't the average 38 yr old and still beats the majority of fighters in and around his weight class, I just think Crawford is on his way to being a special talent. Time will tell.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by pasawayako on 12-25-2016

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;17305474]No you're right, even though hadn't won a significant fight in about 6 fking years.. He lost to Sturm and got the robbery decision... I'm a big Oscar and Manny fan and beating someone that much bigger was impressive but…

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