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Roach on Pacquiao's Options: Floyd, Khan, Bradley, Ortiz

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.”

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Comment by endodoc on 10-29-2011

Honest question..Who should Pacquiao fight next? The Mayweather fight isn't happening, and Martinez is a bit absurd. Seriously, a middleweight calling out a former flyweight? Truthfully, I am disappointed by this list of potential opponents, but there really isn't anybody…

Comment by Marshall89 on 10-29-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;11335095]it has happened too many times already. since the start of this mess roach and arum have made up one excuse after another as to why they cant take the ost. in FACT arum recently said WADA was on floyds…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Nonitard;11334516]You have to be kidding me. Did Arum not already say they agreed to all testing, unlimited no cut off???? Why do you guys keep ignoring that he said this? THE PROMOTER OF PACQUIAO, HIS REPRESENTATIVE AND CHOOSER OF FIGHTS?…

Comment by Nonitard on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;11334450][/B] and how many times have we heard that? only to hear, "unlimited urine and blood test with a 24, then 14day cut off. then no cut off only to be shot down by pacs camp. so they need to…

Comment by mrjoeblive on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Hindsight 20/10;11330964]I wouldn't mind seeing that fight either; I wanted to see PAcquiao fight another European fighter - but all the haters will say that he's picking on someone with no punch behind him. Well what do you expect if…

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