Roach Stands Firm That Pacquiao Should Face Horn or Retire

By Miguel Rivera

Manny Pacquiao's trainer over the past 16 years, Freddie Roach, is advising his fighter to retire from boxing in the aftermath of a rematch with WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn, which may or may not happen.

Back in July in Brisbane, Horn (17-0-1, with 11 KO's) shocked the sport by winning an unexpected twelve round unanimous decision, although viewed as controversial, over Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO's), who will turn 39 in December.

The Australian superstar is scheduled to face Gary Corcoran in a voluntary defense in Brisbane on December 13 in a fight that will be broadcast by ESPN.


Pacquiao appears to be on the slide, and Roach is hoping that the eight division champion, should he beat Horn in a rematch, walks away from the sport. He does not want to see Pacquiao fight anyone outside of Horn or against any other fighter beyond Horn.

"I hope that he goes forward with that fight and that after it, he retires from boxing," said Roach to ESPN Deportes.

"It is a fight that is supposed to take place next year, and the date could not be set due to Manny's work, regarding his duties within politics in his position as senator."

The rematch was actually set to take place this year, in November, but it was pushed back after Pacquiao withdrew from the contest after citing conflicts with his political work schedule in the Philippines.

"I have talked a lot about this lately with Manny about this having these dueling jobs, as a boxer and as a legislator of his country, and both demand a lot of responsibility, dedication and also a lot of time," said Roach, who concluded by saying he did not want see Pacquiao tumbling in a sport that elevated him to the category of legend.

"I could not conceive seeing Pacquiao in a secondary position, other than as a world champion."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revelated on 11-20-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18200922] P.S. Pac would have KO'd McGregor in one round and Floyd lost 4 rounds, got hurt to the body and had to go 10 with him...[/QUOTE] Please. Manny couldn't KO Bradley, Algieri, Clottey, Rios, Vargas, or Jeff "The Hornet"…

Comment by djtmal on 11-20-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18225346]if pac shows up and looks good in the rematch roach will do a 180 and say pac still have about 3 big fights left LOL.[/QUOTE] know what time it is.....roach a flip-flopping a** mofo

Comment by WesternChamp on 11-20-2017

[QUOTE=djtmal;18225311]you believe this flip-flopping a** roach?... he probably somewhere mumbling, yeah, let me squeeze one more check out this guy before he realizes i'd sell him out for chicken change in a heartbeat...[/QUOTE] if pac shows up and looks good…

Comment by djtmal on 11-20-2017

you believe this flip-flopping a** roach?... he probably somewhere mumbling, yeah, let me squeeze one more check out this guy before he realizes i'd sell him out for chicken change in a heartbeat...

Comment by USA boxing on 11-20-2017

Horn is a disgrace to boxing he needs to go to mma pacquiao gave him a boxing lesson and almost knocked him tf out the rematch pacquiao is gonna end horn

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