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Roach: Lomachenko has good footwork but Pacquiao's is better!

By Ryan Burton

On July 14th in Malaysia, future Hall of Fame inductee Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2) turned back the clock with his seventh round knockout of Lucas Matthysee (39-5).  The victory was Manny's first by stoppage in nearly 9 years, and sent Matthysse into retirement a few weeks later.

Pacquiao entered the ring for the first time in 16 years without veteran trainer Freddie Roach in the corner. Instead, Pacquiao elevated his longtime friend and assistant coach Buboy Fernandez to serve as his lead trainer.

"I thought he looked good in his last performance. I am glad to see the movement he put together. He fought well," Roach stated when asked to assess his performance.

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As for who he would like to see Pacquiao fight next, Roach reminded us that he no longer has any input on who the Filipino superstar fights.

Roach did however reveal that he thinks a fight versus WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko would be interesting.  The fight has been mentioned as being possible in early 2019 at a catchweight between 135-140 pounds.

"Lomachenko, I like that fight. Lomachenko has good footwork but Manny has better footwork," Roach opined.

After the fight, Pacquiao said that he felt reinvigorated and that he believed he had 2 or 3 fights left in him. Roach agrees that he still has more to give to the sport but said that he needs to choose his opponents wisely.

"Some of the young studs are coming up and Manny is getting a little bit older so they have to be careful who they pick. He is very capable of fighting well like he did in that fight [against Matthysse]. His footwork was great and it was like the old Manny Pacquiao," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pacquiaotard86 on 08-05-2018

Pacman is multiple division champion record holder and all time great, of course he is better.

Comment by Pacquiaotard86 on 08-05-2018

[QUOTE=Pozomuro;18994707]Sorry but Loma would easily kill this 40 yor version of Pac[/QUOTE] No way, too small. If that was true he would accept the fight already

Comment by afont501 on 08-05-2018

[QUOTE=Andrij;18993536]40 year old Pacquiao has better footwork than prime Loma ?? LOL ![/QUOTE] We all have opinions so be respectful to all who have them. First, PAC is a better fighter overall. Especially when PAC is in his prime. NO…

Comment by o0Kilabot0o on 08-05-2018

couldn't agree more. Ok, let's simplify this crap for the moronic fanboys here, If you compare, the opposition that Pacquiao had vs the so called prime Loma right now; big IF here, if Loma had the same opposition that Pacquiao…

Comment by dibzvincent143 on 08-04-2018

[QUOTE=Ogecca MaMa;18994185]Bha, Vasya will achieve everything possible and retire long before he turns 39. wake up buddy . while pac be still fighting, and fans crazy fanatics be saying like: "yo, check out his foot work at age 48, doubt…

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