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Roach Talks Pacquiao vs Cintron, Khan vs Bradley, More

By Chris Robinson

During a recent visit to the Wild Card Boxing Club, trainer Freddie Roach was mobbed by reporters at Manny Pacquiao's open media workout. While the building was packed well before Pacquiao's arrival, it was Roach who was then the center of attention as he addressed a myriad of topics related to the sport and his own personal career.
 
When the dust had finally settled and I had a few moments to talk with Roach, I opened up and asked him for his thoughts on Top Rank's recent signing of former champion Kermit Cintron. Bob Arum has even hinted that the devastating puncher could be in line for a crack at Pacquiao down the road, a comment that raised more than a few eyebrows.
 
I asked Roach about those rumors and he instantly took a few shots at the ending of Cintron's last fight, a May technical decision to Paul Williams that ended abruptly after Cintron appeared to dive through the ropes.

"Didn't Kermit quit in his last fight? Who would pay to see that?," said Roach, obviously preferring other options for his star fighter at the moment.
 
Roach was in England last weekend as another one of his prized pupils, Amir Khan, went to work in defending his WBA junior welterweight crown against shifty Irishman Paul McCloskey. Khan was far from stirring, settling for a technical decision win after the fight was stopped via an accidental head butt to McCloskey in the sixth, but Roach still seems confident about a summer showdown with fellow champion Timothy Bradley this July.
 
"His performance wasn't that great," Roach admitted. "He fought a very awkward guy. Southpaw and real hard to cope with. I really wasn't impressed with the fight that much but we did the best we could. The Bradley fight will be a really tough fight, one in which we will have to dig down deep. It's going to be a hard fight."
 
On that same night the boxing world was witness to a huge upset as Victor Ortiz seized his potential with a wild unanimous decision over WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto in a fight that saw each man taste the canvas twice. It was a gritty and impressive performance but while some were shocked, Roach saw it coming from Ortiz all along.
 
"I picked him to win," said Roach. "At 147, he's much better at 147. He starved himself to make 140 and the higher weight was much better for him and I told him that for years."

I also had an interest in Roach's thoughts on WBC and WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who currently has seen his career stalled after an attempted jump to Golden Boy Promotions from Top Rank that resulted in a court battle that ended up in the favor of Arum's outfit.
 
While being quick to admit that Donaire is a special kind of talent, Roach didn't want to make any accusations as to whether the 28-year old champion made the wrong move last month.
 
"To be outside looking in, it looked like a mistake but who knows the particulars of what is really going on. That's none of my business," said a modest Roach.
 
Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight strap on May 7th against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand and when asked if a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was still of interest, Roach firmly stated that he didn't care about that dream match anymore. Taking things even further, Roach wouldn't address any potential dancing partners for Pacquiao's following bout, should he beat Mosley, pointing out that only Shane matters at the moment.

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here, and he can be reached at [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by unatsqui on 04-26-2011

No to Cintron. Pac should fight Martinez at 154, erasing all doubts that he's cherry picking. It's gonna be a tough fight for him but it's gonna be a treat to us boxing fans. If that fight happens, win or…

Comment by bluetuazon on 04-25-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;10432507]talk about splitting hairs LOL LOL LOL if you say you want to fight another man you just called him out. i dont know about your back ground but if a man says he wants to face me in the…

Comment by bluetuazon on 04-25-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;10432497]first you are really, really slow you had the chgance to shut me up and [B]you had to wait for another poster to answer for you HOURS ago.[/B] i knew you couldnt answer right off the cuff and i was…

Comment by starsjuicebar on 04-25-2011

Cintron should fight his way back up to the middle of the pack of contenders before anyone talks about a mega fight with him. P Will rematch on a berto Ortiz card?

Comment by LeadUppercut on 04-25-2011

[QUOTE=BoxingFollower;10433873]Yes you are suppose to believe that Manny is a ATG, the pactards have already started hyping up Cintron to make him look dangerous. There favorite lines : 1. Well At-lest Pacman is fighting, unlike GAYWEATHER! 2. Cintron is bigger…

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