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Roach Hopes Mayweather Returns To Face a '100%' Pacquiao

Trainer Freddie Roach said Wednesday he hopes Manny Pacquiao can set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino legend takes care of business against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas this month.

Roach told reporters he was still bothered by Pacquiao’s defeat to Mayweather in their 2015 clash, which was hyped as the “Fight of the Century” but ultimately left boxing fans disappointed.

Pacquiao later said a shoulder injury had hampered his performance during the 12-round defeat, while Mayweather headed into retirement later that year with an unblemished record.

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Pacquiao, who retired briefly in 2016 only to return later that year, has continued to fight on, however.

Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer for the bulk of his two-decade career, hopes that a victory over Thurman could pave the way for a rematch with Mayweather if he can be persuaded to step into the ring once more.

“Hopefully we can get Mayweather to come to the table,” Roach told reporters at his Wild Card gym on Wednesday. “I would like us to have one more crack at him.”

“We didn’t fight a great fight that night. Manny’s shoulder didn’t help at all. He’s had surgery since then, he’s 100 percent now.

“I would like us to fight Mayweather again because I didn’t like the way we performed. I was disappointed in myself.”

Pacquiao, meanwhile, has been more circumspect about the prospect of a rematch, insisting he is not thinking of Mayweather as long as he remains retired.

“Floyd is retired. I am only looking at active fighters. Floyd is not active anymore,” Pacquiao said. “Right now I’m only thinking about Thurman.”

Roach believes Pacquiao’s superior conditioning and handspeed will give him an advantage as the fight goes on.

“Thurman starts quickly but he usually fades,” Roach said. “I like Pacquiao in the later rounds because that’s where he usually excels. I don’t like making predictions but I don’t see this one going the distance.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Blond Beast on 07-12-2019

[QUOTE=hugh grant;19892842]Floyd s win over pac is so controversial that you'd think he'd want rematch? But Floyd only wants rematchs when people think he lost.But Floyd s never been a true champ, takes money and runs. To be better than…

Comment by pasawayako on 07-12-2019

If pac isn't injured i think he stop floyd. Floyd couldn't do anything but run and hug just to survive.

Comment by Spoon23 on 07-12-2019

[QUOTE=Imaboxingfan;19894008]I like Manny but the whole arm thing needs to be put to bed. He threw the right hand all night without wincing in pain[/QUOTE] Well he did, does an injured runner who tore a ligament unable to run anymore?…

Comment by Curtis Harper on 07-12-2019

[QUOTE=Roadblock;19894506]watch him throw his arms up at the end off the fight while waving to crowd. Couldnt do that with injury he said he had in the 4th, biggest fake ass excuse ever and concocted in the dressing room when…

Comment by Roadblock on 07-12-2019

[QUOTE=Imaboxingfan;19894008]I like Manny but the whole arm thing needs to be put to bed. He threw the right hand all night without wincing in pain[/QUOTE] watch him throw his arms up at the end off the fight while waving to…

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