Roach on Pacquiao-Mayweather: “I Think It's Gonna Happen”

Freddie Roach

He's a boxing guy, through and through, a lifer, it's what he knows, loves, adores…it is his reason for being, is boxing, and so today, which is Thanksgiving, Freddie Roach will be at home, his Wild Card Gym, and the gym will be open for business.

Now, before any of you react with a sad “ohhh,” know this: his galpal is a physician, who is on call…so there will be sharing of carved bird, or whatever else they dig…but it will be done on a postponed schedule. (And for the record, being a semi-decent soul, I invited Roach and a plus one or two to fly to NYC, and hang with us for T-Giving.)

Roach was in the gym, shaking off jetlag from Macau, on Wednesday. I checked in, chatted, processed the Pacman win over Chris Algieri, talked Floyd-stuff, and more.

First off, Roach told me he had an idea that Algieri wouldn't be among Manny's hardest foes to tame. “They maybe thought they were fighting a guy a caliber of Ruslan,” Roach said. “But Manny is a different caliber than Ruslan, it's a much different level of experience, a good kid coming up and then an eight time world champion. I told them, they didn't listen, maybe.”

OK, so next…Danny Garcia? Or, gulp, Mayweather? Oh lord, can that fight get booked just so we can stop yapping about the possibility of it being booked!

“I've been talking to Bob Arum,” Roach told me. “And with Manny calling Floyd out, I think it's gonna happen. It's perfect timing. Manny looked good in his fight, Floyd looked just OK. And Floyd has no one else to fight! He had to fight Maidana twice! Arum told me he is gonna push real hard.”

So…when, I mean IF they glove up, at what weight would you think it would be contested at? Would Floyd, now feeling more comfortable at a higher weight than Manny, seek to have the fight at, like, 150? “I think 147 would be natural for them both,” the trainer stated. “I think Manny would be great at 140, but we would fight Floyd at any weight. If Floyd wants 160, we'd do it.” Roach made clear that the weight issue is one he accepts as part of the game when it comes to trying to gain any edge. “It's his team's job to try and get that edge,” he said.

Check back for more from Dedham Freddie, as he talks Miguel Cotto starting camp for, quite likely, a fight against Canelo Alvarez…

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-stormcentre :

Back on the 12/9/2014 - or the 9/12/2014 for the American readers, at . . .
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?17302-How-Will-Floyd-Mayweather-Be-Remembered&p=63996&viewfull=1#post63996 I wrote this . . . . ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Re: How Will Floyd Mayweather Be Remembered Mayweather (within reason) would probably fight anyone. However, (after Judah) he knew that a prime, fast, southpaw like Pacqiuao - particularly one that had surplus amounts of unnatural energy and had knocked out previous Mayweather victims better than him - was always going to be a stylistic problem. So a little ducking took place behind some PED allegations. The PED allegations, however, resulted in reactions from Pacqiuao that even the Mayweather camp didn't expect; ultimately validating their concerns in ways they and Pacqiuao couldn't have imagined. So Pacqiuao did a little ducking . . . . unless you believe he - as a tattooed man and professional fighter that now (he's not KTFO of dudes and Ariza is gone) claims the tests are OK - was too scared to give blood. Talk about circus!!!
Still, I won't be surprised to see Mayweather make the fight before he bows out. Particularly now that Pacman has been beat, has declined a bit, and is not as observably on the "juice". --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The big question is, can Floyd right now resist the temptation to use a mega-fight with Pacquiao as a form of public misdirection and to rise above all the controversy and negative publicity associated with his current self, when it is at a time when if ever there were good reasons for ducking there are a plethora of them now; hence putting his undefeated record at risk at a time when he is perhaps the most psychologically vulnerable? That consideration and circumstance in itself, somehow, always seems to find boxings' great champions before they retire and in that sense it will probably only add to the intrigue associated with any potential Mayweather V Pacquaio fight.


-sumopop :

Proud fellow degenerate.


-oldschool :

Storm Centre, Not questioning your integrity, but how sure are you that Pacquaio was on the" juice" ? Speaking of being on the juice, Marquez sure looked more bulked up when he knocked out Pacquiao as opposed to his poor showing against Mayweather. At this stage of their respective careers, I still think Floyd will be a very tough customer for Manny. Respectfully


-Radam G :

Storm Centre, Not questioning your integrity, but how sure are you that Pacquaio was on the" juice" ? Speaking of being on the juice, Marquez sure looked more bulked up when he knocked out Pacquiao as opposed to his poor showing against Mayweather. At this stage of their respective careers, I still think Floyd will be a very tough customer for Manny. Respectfully
Juice does not work in boxing. Boxers use dat syet to get eye-candy looks for those with the genetics. James Toney tried it, but he didn't have the genetics. So he has left it alone. Da Manny has never been on that syet, but Money May and Hulkquez -- I mean Marquez -- have. For skills to pay the bills, you get better results with music.
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofbnpVbtqTc This is why the souls are blasting in the gym.Holla!


-Radam G :

This piece explains why if you don't have the natural genetics, roids and PEDs aren't going to give you a monster built or Hulk-like strength for quick, twisting muscles that are needed in boksing. People get quicker and most power in this sport by correct procedures, techniques and work -- hard and smart. Not by juicing, rubbing or injecting. Don't believe the hype of some roidheads and PEDs addicts killing someone because of dat syet.
->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dChhzNGHgnA. Holla!


-stormcentre :

Storm Centre, Not questioning your integrity, but how sure are you that Pacquaio was on the" juice" ? Speaking of being on the juice, Marquez sure looked more bulked up when he knocked out Pacquiao as opposed to his poor showing against Mayweather. At this stage of their respective careers, I still think Floyd will be a very tough customer for Manny. Respectfully
Hi Old School, I can't prove Pacman was on the juice, and even if I could I wouldn't do that anyway. It's just who I know/trust in the sport, my own experience, and what I see. I would be happy to be proved wrong, as if Manny has achieved his accomplishments cleanly then that is even more awesome. :cool:


-Kid Blast :

No. Won't happen. What would we have to write about if it did?