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Roach: Does Pacquiao-Broner Winner Get Mayweather Fight?

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Freddie Roach isn’t quite sure what to make of the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner fight.

Pacquiao’s former trainer is certain even a 39-year-old Pacquiao can beat Broner, who’s 10 years younger. Beyond that, though, Roach doesn’t know why that fight is being arranged.

The Philippines’ Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) and Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) are expected to square off January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Their 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBA world welterweight title likely will headline a pay-per-view card.

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Pacquiao, who announced Monday he has signed with adviser Al Haymon, acknowledged last week that a deal to box Broner is nearly finalized. Roach would welcome the opportunity to work with Pacquiao again for the Broner bout, but he hasn’t heard anything from Pacquiao regarding a reunion.

“I think Manny can beat Broner, or should,” Roach told BoxingScene.com on Wednesday following a press conference at Madison Square Garden. “But I’m not part of that at this point. So does the winner get Mayweather or something like that? Is this a buildup? Or is this a fight that they think is the greatest fight in the world? I’m not so sure what’s the reason for it. If it’s the winner gets a big fight, then I know. Then they’re doing their job. So we’ll see.”

Rumors regarding a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch intensified after Mayweather sent a message about boxing Pacquiao again through his Instagram account September 15. A video of Mayweather and Pacquiao playfully talking trash to each other at a music festival in Tokyo accompanied Mayweather’s message.

Mayweather, 41, retired for the third time following his 10th-round stoppage of UFC star Conor McGregor in their August 2017 boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The undefeated five-division champion apparently is serious about boxing again next year, particularly for what still would be a lucrative rematch with Pacquiao.

If Broner beats Pacquiao, a Mayweather-Broner bout also would generate interest due to the turbulent relationship between Broner and a man he has at times considered a mentor and “big brother.” Broner, 29, hasn’t fought since settling for a 12-round majority draw with Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) on April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Roach, meanwhile, is in New York because he trains Alberto Machado. Puerto Rico’s Machado (20-0, 16 KOs) will defend his WBA world super featherweight title against Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans (20-1, 14 KOs) as part of HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” tripleheader Saturday night from The Theater at Madison Square Garden (10 p.m. ET/PT).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-26-2018

not crazy about the fight but I'd watch for certain

Comment by Mr.365 on 10-26-2018

Who gives af just keep boxing alive with these decent fights

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 10-25-2018

the loser gets Khan $$$PPV, Pac vs May II $$$$, Pac vs Broner$$$$ Big Year for TMT:boxing:

Comment by MinuteMaid5 on 10-25-2018

Its the best vs the best vs the best

Comment by thack on 10-25-2018

All three are done and wouldn't last with the likes of Spence and Crawford but how these old boys still pull in the numbers is quiet sad when there's so many better fights and fighters out there.Fred wants nowt to…

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