Roach: Mayweather, The Only Challenge Left For Manny

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - According to trainer Freddie Roach, there are no other challenges on the horizon for Manny Pacquiao - except Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs). This Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38KOs) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39KOs) in a trilogy fight.

On Monday, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes the Filipino superstar, discussed a number of possible opponents for Pacquiao in the future - but Roach doesn't believe any of them will pose a challenge.

"I don't see anybody. There's nobody out there. I think that Mayweather fight has to happen. It needs to happen because it's the only challenge out there. I don't see any other challenges," Roach said.

Roach's temper was raised when the topic of Team Mayweather's recent announcement came up. The adviser for Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, recently disclosed that his boxer was going to return on May 5th, and the MGM Grand was placed on hold. While not revealing Pacquiao's name directly, Ellerbe hinted that Mayweather's main target was the "little fella.' Like Arum, Roach doesn't like idea of Mayweather already selecting a date and venue before the two sides get a chance to sit down and negotiate the actual terms.

"I'm kind of tired of Floyd. Just shut up and fight. We'll fight him any day of the week. Who the f**k is he to make the rules? If that fight doesn't happen, I'm not going to cry," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Reloaded on 11-10-2011

[QUOTE=JoeMan;11395573]Naah. Let's just take Floyd fans' words for it. According to them that's Floyd's new way of calling out Pac, "I want Pac! I already picked a venue and a date for the fight!" This is something new again in…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-10-2011

[QUOTE=kiaba360;11394638][B]Khan is definitely not happening seeing as how they train/spar together all the time[/B], Bradley seems like a foregone conclusion, Maidana and Rios still have other fighters to attend to. Mayweather and Bradley, then Pac should call it a career.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by WESS on 11-09-2011

[QUOTE=AFighter4U;11395559]Floyd NEVER said that the May 5th was for fighting Manny. [B]So he has deniability[/B]. But yeah. I'd want Manny to OFFICIALLY challenge floyd after this fight. (assuming he'd knock out marquez)[/QUOTE] He technically does however he and his team…

Comment by JoeMan on 11-09-2011

[QUOTE=spoonwars;11394930]Funny thing is Floyd didn't know about fighting Pacquiao on May 5th either. Mayweather: "Pacquiao? I didn't even know I was fighting him." - Wall Street Journal [url][/url][/QUOTE] Naah. Let's just take Floyd fans' words for it. According to them…

Comment by AFighter4U on 11-09-2011

[QUOTE=WESS;11395518]I know Floyd's not fighting Pac, it's Morales remember? lol Bob said so. The fact remains that everyone is excited that Pac has agreed and will prove it by saying "Yes I agree to random blood tests and I will…

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