By Chris LaBate
Trainer Freddie Roach sat down with The Philippine Star to discuss Manny Pacquiao's future options for opponents. Pacquiao returns on November 12th, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Roach admits his boxing is quickly running out of options but there are still a few out there.
WBO 140-pound champion Timothy Bradley, who faces Joel Casamayor on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard - "I think he’s involved in a lawsuit with two promoters. Besides, he’s got to earn the fight with Manny. Bradley’s not well known. It’s premature to even consider him fighting Manny.”
Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz - “I remember Victor sparring with Manny and they went at each other for two days until we stopped it because Ortiz was like 20 or 30 pounds. I thought he had a good fight plan against Mayweather."
IBF/WBA 140-pound champion Amir Khan, who Roach also trains - “Will Manny ever fight Amir? My two fighters are really friendly with each other. I don’t think they’ll ever fight but the thing is we’re running out of opponents and you can never say never in this game."
WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine, who Roach also trains - "The Ukraine people haven’t seen Manny and Senchenko’s promoters are very wealthy,” said Roach. “His promoters control the coal and metal mines in the country. Manny could fight Senchenko in Ukraine for a lot of money. In the event they meet, Manny will win easy. I remember legends like Sugar Ray Robinson when in the course of winding up their careers, they would go to fight in different countries and earn big purses. If Manny wants to do that, Ukraine would be a good destination.”
WBC welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr. - “You know, obviously, everyone wants Mayweather. Of course, we’re all getting a little tired of hearing his name because he doesn’t want to fight Manny. But hopefully, that fight will happen. That fight is so interesting, it could end up being a trilogy. Actually, it could be the last three fights for Manny, if the fight goes as we see it because they’re both very, very good fighters so it’s a fight we want.”