No Manny-Floyd Fight Will Be “Real Tragedy” For The Sport, Says Roach

2014 will not, I dare say, be remembered as the Year of the Poll. Fair to say that the Mayweather Super Bowl special turned out to be, as of now, something of a lead zeppelin as far as hype-bursts go. Floyd gave the fans a choice of who he might fight next, and didn’t leave space for a write-in candidate, and allowed for just two possibilities, instead of going the whole nine, and allowing a vote, fan choice, on who he should fight next.

The masses would have voted for the Congressman, Manny Pacquiao, and in that case, I would be here applauding the move, and getting psyched for a super fight, even one that is a bit past prime. But no…

Hey, things could still break in an interesting fashion. Floyd could pull some sort of swerve, a move I can’t even fathom now, and I could be writing, in my next column, what genius was on display. We can hope…

I chatted with Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, and asked him about the poll, which ran for one week, post Super Bowl, and finished with the respondents choosing Amir Khan as the next for Mayweather, over Argentine clubber Marcos Maidana. It left too many folks feeling like they were offered a choice of Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan in a vote for President, I tend to think, but I asked Freddie what he thought. Hey, maybe he saw some glimmer of brilliance in the whole endeavor…

“If Manny and Floyd don’t fight sometime, it’ll be a real tragedy for the sport,” Freddie told me. “Every big fight that’s supposed to have happened, has happened. Sometimes, hopefully sooner rather than later…Mayweather comes up with excuses every time. Blood test, OK, we get over that, 60-40 split because my guy got knocked out, OK, we accepted that, but it’s an excuse after an excuse after an excuse. He’s so enamored having that zero on his record and saying he’s better than Sugar Ray Robinson, and all these great fighters. He doesn’t understand, losing actually makes people better fighters. But if he has a loss on his record, he can’t say he’s the best fighter of all-time, and I think that’s what he’s afraid of, he’s just making excuses. I know he’s a great fighter, he’s a very good fighter. But the best has to fight the best.”

Roach, speaking of hope, still thinks in an optimistic light that Floyd will fight Manny, because he thinks the riches and ratings the bout could engineer make it impossible to blow off. “You know what, there’s not four opponents he can fight,” Roach continued. “Amir Khan and Maidana, they both lose their asses on pay per view, because they’re not PPV draws. The only pay per view guys they can get are Chavez, and if Cotto looks good, but Manny has to be one of those four (remaining fights on Floyd’s Showtime six-fight deal).”

I asked Roach if he wouldn’t like to be across the corner from Floyd with Cotto, if Cotto beats Sergio Martinez, and then Mayweather taps Cotto for a rematch bout.

“Sure,” he said. “It’s a challenge, and I like challenges. Floyd is a good fighter, he doesn’t make too many mistakes. I’ve studied him a lot. He makes some mistakes, but not too many. I think Manny has to be one of those four guys, because Showtime doesn’t want to lose money. So I think it will happen. I’m optimistic. I heard Floyd lost a lot of money on the Super Bowl, that might help too.”

Bless that Roach, for his optimism. You all think that Floyd could be persuaded, or gently nudged, into taking a Manny fight, even if he doesn’t want it, because the Showtime crew will politely demand it? Or, is Floyd his own boss, and immune from pressure tactics, even from those in his inner circle who want the fight? Weigh in, in the TSS Forum.

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-leon30001 :

Floyd doesn't want the fight. That's it! There's literally nothing more to say!

-The Shadow :

Can we stop talking about this damn fight please? There's no reason behind the discussion anymore. And I'm losing more and more respect for Freddie Roach's nice, but lying ***. He's so full of sh*t and people just eat it up, never question his blatant BS. He even admits to lying!! Roach told me IN PERSON that Khan would beat Mayweather. "I have two guys that can beat him," he said. New he says "I never said Khan can beat him. He will get knocked out because he stays in the pocket too long." No one ever said anything about 60-40 either. Just full of crap. And I can name 10 monumental record-breaking fights in the last 25 years alone that never happened. Just shut up already.

-brownsugar :

He used to say that a few years back when Khan was a regular... And he could been partly correct. Khan was on top of the world then I agree Shadow. Roach knows how to BS with the best... A good quality for a man in his business.

-Radam G :

YUP! There is a lot of BSing up in the game. Holla!