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Roach: At His Age, Very Difficult For Pacquiao To Face Crawford

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is crossing his fingers that eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing.

The 38 year old veteran suffered a shock decision loss last month at the hands of huge underdog Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

There is a rematch clause, which Pacquiao is exercising, and the second fight is being targeted for a date in fall - likely back in Australia.

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Last week, two of Pacquiao's career rival - Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley - retired from boxing. By the end of this year, another Pacquiao opponent in Miguel Cotto is also retiring from the sport.

If Roach had his way, he would like to Pacquiao to have the rematch with Horn and then retire - win or lose in the next outing.

He would like Pacquiao to focus his energy on his political career. Last year, Pacquiao secured a senatorial seat in the Philippines. Pacquiao wants to eventually become president of his country - which Roach fears may prompt the boxer to continue his fighting career in order to maintain his popularity among the millions of potential voters.

At this stage of his career, Roach believes it's a tough proposition to place Pacquiao in the ring with the younger generation of fighters like Terence Crawford.

"I would like to see Manny retire after the rematch with Horn. But I have no control over that. I just think it's very difficult at that age to get into the ring and face Terence Crawford and talented youngsters like that," said Roach to Jose Sanchez.

"Manny changed his lifestyle as the years went by. He also lost some of that finishing instinct, I think. But he improved his technical side at the same time. That's why I would like to see him fight again with Horn and retire. But he wants to be president (of the Philippines) and the elections are in four years. So maybe you'll need to continue boxing to maintain your popularity level. "

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RomanReigns on 08-20-2017

I agree. Would have been a great passing of the torch fight.

Comment by Jedi Vader on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;17947357]I think my point has been made, if you don't get it, I was wasting my time on trying to explain it to someone who lacks the comprehension to understand it.[/QUOTE] You've made zero point. Originally you were waffling on…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=Jedi Vader;17947350]Just tell me the point you're trying to make, you fool.[/QUOTE] I think my point has been made, if you don't get it, I was wasting my time on trying to explain it to someone who lacks the comprehension…

Comment by Jedi Vader on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;17945504]Now what fades first your physical abilities or your mental abilities?[/QUOTE] Just tell me the point you're trying to make, you fool.

Comment by D4thincarnation on 08-13-2017

[QUOTE=Jedi Vader;17945237]Pac of course.[/QUOTE] Now what fades first your physical abilities or your mental abilities?

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