By Edward Chaykovsky
Trainer Freddie Roach sat down with radio show 590 The Fan in Toronto and discussed the possible welterweight super-fight between champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather is scheduled to return on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Depending on who you talk to, there are ongoing negotiations taking place. Whether Pacquiao wins, or loses, Roach doesn't expect his boxer to fight beyond a Mayweather fight.
"I think so. The thing is if Pacquiao does lose that fight – well win or lose I think he will retire. I think that's gonna be his last fight. He's really into politics and so forth and politics is going to take him away from boxing that's for sure. Politics is something he wants to be good at. I feel if we do fight Mayweather, win or lose I think it will be his last fight," Roach was quoted as saying by Sports Radio Interviews .
In terms of the match, Roach predicts a very tough fight. Pacquiao barely won a twelve round decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in November. Roach views Mayweather's style as being a lot tougher to crack.
"Very difficult fight. He is a good counter-puncher and his style does give us trouble. He does have some Marquez similarities but he's actually a lot faster than Marquez so he does pose a bigger problem. Manny, in his last fight, he kinda fell back into the realm when he fought this guy the first two times," Roach said.
"He didn't use the improvements he's been working on to beat these bigger and better guys. He kinda went right back to what he did in the first two fights. That wasn't enough and that wasn't really effective. I think Mayweather will bring out the best in Manny. It's gonna have to because if not we're not gonna be there in the end."