Roach on Pacquiao's Loss, Retirement, Ring Return

By Luis Sandoval

Manny Pacquiao suffered one of the toughest losses of his career as he was knocked out cold by long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight over a week ago. While Pacquiao lost, what is almost forgotten is that he was actually winning the fight and having one of the better performances we’ve seen from him in quite some time.

BoxingScene caught up with trainer Freddie Roach and he agreed that while Pacquiao did get caught, he still fought a good fight.

“He was fighting the best fight he’s fought in a long time. The thing is he got a little anxious and walked into one. It happens in boxing. Like Manny told me ‘If you don’t think you can lose in this sport, you picked the wrong sport’. And he understands that and he knows it. And we’d like to do it again sometime down the line but right now I want him to take a nice rest and recover completely from that punch. That was a devastating punch and he knows it was his fault. He jumped in from too far away and made a mistake but he was fighting a great fight and I would love to do it again,” BoxingScene was told by Roach as he made no excuses.

Roach had told me before that if he ever saw a decline in Pacquiao he would be the first to bring it up to Manny and would ask him to hang his gloves up. Freddie assures that’s still the case but he didn’t see any decline in Manny leading up to this fight and will find out where Pacquiao is once they begin training again.

“I didn’t see anything wrong. He just got caught. The thing is I won’t really see something until we get back in the gym. If I see something there, if I see a decline there [then] I’ll call it a day and he will also. Thing is I just want him to take a nice rest right now. I don’t think we’ll fight again until like September sometime” Roach would tell BoxingScene.

While it’s been a tough year for Freddie, he did end the year on a good note as his newest fighter, hot prospect Frankie Gomez, scored a great knockout in the first round of his fight on the undercard of Amir Khan-Carlos Molina.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @truewest007. You can also tune in to BoxingScene’s official audio show The Boxing Lab every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El Malo. on 12-21-2012

Othe[QUOTE=S IP U IR S xII;12841202]Right....Juans plan was to get a knockdown, then get knocked down, then get busted up, bleed profusely, lose all of a round, then with one second left, assume a lunge and get the KO with…

Comment by El Malo. on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;12837216]Manny wasn't fighting a great fight. He was more aggressive and looked better offensively. Defensively he was pretty effin terrible. When you get put on your ass twice (once on your back, once on your face) within six rounds, and…

Comment by Ringlife on 12-21-2012

Manny looked great no need to retire. He had Marquez all bloody he was controlling the 4th and 5th round. Manny thought he had Marquez in check but Marquez had Manny in check and he checkmated Pac.

Comment by fozze on 12-21-2012

Marquez is like an adjustable spanner,pretty much able to crack any nut!!!!:boxing:

Comment by GRUSTLER on 12-21-2012

[QUOTE=S IP U IR S xII;12841202]Right....Juans plan was to get a knockdown, then get knocked down, then get busted up, bleed profusely, lose all of a round, then with one second left, assume a lunge and get the KO with…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (76)
Top Headlines Long-Reigning Lefties - Pacquiao, Hagler, Martinez, Winky, More Browne Shreds Whyte: You're Euro Level, an Ugly Motherf***er Boxer Tries To Leave The Ring Mid-Count After Being Dropped Roach: Pacquiao Has Been Hurting Me, Expect a Different Manny! Former World Champion Seriously Injured, Attacked With a Sword "Fighting Words" - Breaking Down 2016's Fighter of the Year Race Golovkin's Coach: GGG Beats Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson David Lemieux: I'm Not 100% Satisfied With The Rios Win Klitschko Confirms Title Fight, Won't Confirm The Opponent Sergey Lipinets To Face Lenny Z on Charlo vs. Williams PBC Card Photos: David Lemieux Powers Past Cristian Fabian Rios Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Could Head To The United States Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch on December 10 Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera No Longer Rivals - Photo Roy Jones: If No Canelo, Golovkin Must Take a Risk and Move Up! Video: Buboy Fernandez Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Vargas Bout Video: Manny Pacquiao Discusses Camp, Vargas Fight, More Roy Jones Jr: I'm Addicted To Boxing, No Retirement Right Now Frankie Gavin Rules Out Retirement, Wants Eggington Rematch Parker's Promoter Faces Resistance on Funding For Ruiz Event Frank Warren Details Thoughts on WBA/WBO Heavyweight Belts Jorge Linares Targets Mikey Garcia, Hopes To Face Him in 2017 Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight

Latest Active Forum Threads