By Radio Rahim
Freddie Roach, who trains eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KOs), is confident his boxer has what it takes to defeat WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KOs).
Roach was ringside last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and watched Canelo retain his world title with a sixth round knockout of Amir Khan. Roach had trained Khan in the past for several years.
Canelo is now ordered to make a mandatory defense against Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin - but there is no guarantee the two sides will reach an agreement.
Roach says Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, offered them a fight with Canelo.
The veteran trainer did not refuse the fight. Canelo tends to fight at a catch-weight of 155-pounds. The weight may not be an issue, but Roach will demand that a rehydration clause is in place for Canelo.
Pacquiao has now become a senator back home in the Philippines and it appears that he might never fight again.
Roach plans to have a long conversation with Pacquiao regarding the possibility of facing Canelo.
"If someone can go out there and outbox him and stay disciplined, they would be okay. I was offered the fight from Bob Arum, for Manny Pacquiao, and I didn't say no - because the thing about Pacquiao fighting him, and maybe not being strong enough, is being smart enough to fight him for twelve rounds. And I think Pacquiao can pull that off," Roach detailed to BoxingScene.com.
"I don't know exactly where we're at on that [fight], because my fighter is somewhat retired because he's a senator. I have to have a long talk with Manny and see what he thinks about that fight, and see if he thinks the same way that I do - he could be the next guy [for Canelo], unless we get Mayweather back to the table."
"I think Manny has one fight left in him, because of the way he trained for the last fight, the way he fought the last fight...I saw a lot of the old Manny Pacquiao come back. I was really happy to see the old Manny Pacquiao come back. I would also be happy if he retired. Whichever way he wants to go, but I would like him to get ready for one more fight."