Manny Pacquiao vs who? "Broner and Garcia are full of s**t," Roach insistsWritten by Joseph Herron
At the final press conference in support of this Saturday's, 140 pound unification bout between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach took time out to speak with FightHubTV about Filipino fight legend Manny Pacquiao and his return to the ring slated for November 5.
The seven time trainer of the year award recipient wasn't surprised that his superstar protege wanted to comeback so soon after announcing his retirement from boxing in April.
"Manny told me the day after his last fight," stated Freddie Roach. "So it's no surprise to me that he's coming back to fight on November 5."
Although Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, seemed to favor a fresh match-up with some of Al Haymon's top Welterweights, Manny will be facing another opponent from the same promotional banner, Top Rank, Inc, once again in the Fall.
Freddie shared his thoughts on the motivation behind Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia ostensibly pricing themselves out of a potential super-fight with his eight division world champion; requesting more than a seemingly healthy $4 million career-high payday for both PBC fighters.
"Haymon was involved with the negotiations, so he and Bob are the ones who came up with that figure," stated the Los Angeles based boxing coach to FightHub TV. "I don't think they'll be making any more than that. Where else in the world can either one of those guys make $4 million at least?"
"They're full of s**t! They're scared of Manny, that's all there is to it."
As to which fight Roach preferred, the always candid fight trainer had no problem voicing his opinion.
"I wanted the Garcia fight, because Manny would destroy him. He would outbox him. He is a little bit dangerous though...he's a pretty good puncher. That's the fight I've always wanted for Manny."
When Marcos Villegas of FightHub TV brought up current WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman's willingness to step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao for the same offer of $4 million, Freddie appeared to be genuinely excited about the potential match-up.
"I like Keith Thurman," claimed Roach. "He's a good fighter and a tough guy. That's a fight that I would say yes to...with no problem. But Bob hasn't offered me that fight yet. I've heard no word from Bob about it. But, Thurman...thanks for coming out!"
Freddie Roach will be in the corner of current WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol this Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, opposite WBO titlist and pound for pound fighter Terence "Bud" Crawford. The two 140 pound champions will lock horns in the main event of an HBO PPV event to unify the seemingly wide open Junior Welterweight division.
Manny Pacquiao's next opponent will be announced sometime next week, following the conclusion of this weekend's unification bout.