Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Roach: No Fear of Lomachenko, He's Beatable and Already Lost!

By Radio Rahim

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is rejecting some of the circulating talk that labels his star pupil, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), as a heavy underdog in a potential fight with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs).

As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, their mutual promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank was very interested in making that fight for the fall.

Pacquiao is likely going to return, if everything goes as planned, on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. And former junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado is reportedly a frontrunner to fight him.

salido-lomachenko_1

Pacquiao, 39 years old, has been out of the ring since July 2017, when he lost an upset twelve round unanimous decision ot Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.

Lomachenko, who holds the WBO super featherweight title, will make his lightweight debut on a date in April, although there is talk of a potential fight in May with WBA champion Jorge Linares. Lomachenko saw action in December when he secured a stoppage win over fellow two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux.

A fight with Lomachenko would take place at a catch-weight of 140-pounds.

"I think its a fight that the world would be interested in, and if Manny Pacquiao is interest I will get him ready for that," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

While Lomachenko is getting high praise for his skills as a fighter, Roach believes Pacquiao was a much better overall fighter if they match their "prime" abilities.

"In their prime, I think Pacquiao is the better fighter. He had more power, he had more knockouts, he was the better puncher," Roach said. 

"Lomachenko has good foot work, but he already has one loss on his record [to Orlando Salido]. He lost to a guy who didn't care about foot work and just outfought him. He is beatable, he has lost before. He is a very good fighter, but do I fear him - no."

All Roach needs to prepare, is for Pacquiao to put politics aside and place his full focus on training.

"He has a very good work ethic, but going to the Philippines and working with the senate..... sometimes we train at one time and then at another time. Whoever Manny fights next, I just want him to give me eight weeks to concentrate on the fight, no senate, and he'll be fine," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DramaShow on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=chrisJS;18483157]Roach picked Rigo to win and I believe by KO. His opinion is shaky these days.[/QUOTE] Yeah he's full of ****.

Comment by chrisJS on 02-13-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18483126]He's lost but he's never been ktfo like some. Amd I'm Pretty sure ****roach called rigo the best talent he's ever seen yet he doesn't rate the guy who whooped him. Time to get the dosage increased on those parkinsons…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 02-13-2018

Freddy we know you and Manny aren't scared of Loma. Crawford on the other hand!!!

Comment by DramaShow on 02-13-2018

He's lost but he's never been ktfo like some. Amd I'm Pretty sure ****roach called rigo the best talent he's ever seen yet he doesn't rate the guy who whooped him. Time to get the dosage increased on those parkinsons…

Comment by yoshik on 02-13-2018

Loma vs Mikey is what I want to see. I see Loma winning. One loss? That's a line of BS only casuals or a trainer trying to hype a fight (and we know Freddy has been wrong now for years)…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (22)
Top Headlines McWilliams Arroyo Targets Sor Rungvisai Showdown Tony Bellew Wants Andre Ward, Tyson Fury at Old Trafford Too Video: McWilliams Arroyo on His Big Win Over Carlos Cuadras Video: Andre Ward on Ring Return, Sor Rungvisai-Estrada, More Video: Sor Rungvisai Breaks Down His Tough Win Over Estrada Video: Amir Khan Explains Anthony Joshua Beef, Talks Future Chocolatito Praises Estrada: Sor Rungvisai Lost, Unfair Decision! Estrada: What Did The Judges Watch? I Clearly Beat Sor Rungvisai Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - CompuBox Punch Stats Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - Official Scorecards - Photo Sor Rungvisai Decisions a Very Determined Juan Francisco Estrada Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard McWilliams Arroyo Shocks Carlos Cuadras With Majority Nod Cuadras vs. Arroyo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Donnie Nietes Drops, Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seventh Artem Dalakian Decisions a Bloody Brian Viloria For WBA Title Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE Superfly 2 Results Anthony Yarde Batters, Stops Tony Averlant in Seven Callum Smith Outboxes Nieky Holzken, George Groves is Next Daniel Dubois Blasts Out DL Jones in Three Rounds Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ronnie Clark Shocks Zelfa Barrett in IBF Regional Bout Conte Responds To Wilder's "Always a Cheat" Jab at Luis Ortiz News: Miguel Cotto Update, Lewis Ritson, New England Results Brian Viloria Very Pumped as He Goes For Fifth World Title Bilal Akkawy Beats De Carolis, Moloney Brothers Win, More Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE Results From Nuremberg Roamer Angulo Collides With Evert Bravo in Yucatan, Mexico Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada: Stats & Stakes Photos: Sullivan Barrera in Top Form, Grinds Hard For Bivol Shot Josh Taylor To Face Winston Campos, Humberto Soto is Out Callum Smith: I Want To Make Statement To George Groves, Fans Jarrell Miller: Could Be An 'Early Night' for Wilder or Ortiz Golovkin's Promoter Details How Canelo Rematch Was Finalized Adonis Stevenson: Andre Ward is Playing Games, He's Not Retired Hatton: Mayweather-McGregor in MMA Makes Me F***ing Furious Carlos Castro, Alexis Santiago To Battle in Phoenix, Arizona Zolani Tete: Belfast Fans Know I'm The Man To Beat Ryan Burnett Frank Warren Talks Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois York Hall Card
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement