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Roach: Pacquiao Will Fight, Won't Wait For Mayweather!

By Robert Morales

With Floyd Mayweather Jr. going to jail for a domestic violence conviction, it's doubtful he will be able to participate in a fight with welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao until perhaps the latter part of 2012.

Mayweather's sentence, which is slated to begin Friday in Nevada, is for 90 days after half of a six-month stint was suspended. He probably won't do all of that unless he gets into trouble inside, but he probably wouldn't be ready to fight until the second half of the year and Pacquiao does not want to be idle.

"We're not going to wait for him. We're going to fight," Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, said this week.

Which means Pacquiao's next fight figures to be against someone other than Mayweather. According to Roach, Pacquiao's promoter - Bob Arum - gave him a list of four names to present to Pacquiao.

They are current junior welterweight champions Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley, junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez.

"I told him (Arum) I'd think about it," Roach said.

Roach disputed a recent report he would like it to be Peterson, who recently won a somewhat controversial decision over Amir Khan, who also is trained by Roach.

"No, he was just one of four names given to me by Arum," Roach said.

Pacquiao is the most popular fighter in the sport. Along with Mayweather, he commands the biggest purses, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Robert Morales covers boxing for The Press Telegram, the LA Daily News and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iniduoh on 01-01-2012

You and team Pac were never waiting on Mayweather to began with joke coach Roach

Comment by mikemurni on 01-01-2012

[QUOTE=vacon04;11621281]Bradley isn't a star, at least not for casual fans. The guy brings no money to the table. Also he's a boxer, not just a go forward brawler, so Manny could have problems with him. So IMO it wouldn't be…

Comment by vacon04 on 01-01-2012

[QUOTE=mikemurni;11621249]Look at these morons... Pac/Bradley is a great fight no matter how you spin it... He's a lot better fighter than any of the contenders in WW not named Pac and Floyd.... And he is a certainly the best LWW…

Comment by mikemurni on 01-01-2012

Look at these morons... Pac/Bradley is a great fight no matter how you spin it... He's a lot better fighter than any of the contenders in WW not named Pac and Floyd.... And he is a certainly the best LWW…

Comment by micky1971 on 01-01-2012

juan manuel marquez in texas. cotto in new york. or chicken out and fight the other two on the same night and pick a couple of easy wins.

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