When Freddie Roach first returned from two-year layoff with Manny Pacquiao to face joint champion Errol Spence Jr., the Hall of Fame coach was just scared in his head, despite one of the most dangerous tests. In PacMan’s 26-year career.
“I know [Pacquiao] he was going to fight again. We were looking for the best opponents, “Roach told Morning Kombat last week. I actually hoped he would pick Mikey Garcia. I thought it was a better fight. But when Spence chose me I called him and said, “Congratulations, you’re having a real fight.”
“I love real fights in boxing because we need more of this thing and only actors who are famous for what they do. We need two good fighters and I can’t wait.”
At 42, Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) has yet to show a steady decline despite his style being so dependent on speed and explosion. The only eight-time champion in boxing history seems to be just 40 years old, the last time we saw the winner Keith Thurman, who didn’t get the final victory, on the way to a wonderful decision.
However, despite Spence’s (27-0, 21 KO) appearance, he was devastated by the 147-pound modern era at the time of his defeat, including Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, Roach- believes Pacquiao will be even easier with a 31-year-old south winger than he is against Thurman.
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“I think it’s better than Thurman Spence, to be honest with you,” Roach said. “I’ve seen and studied the tape of two guys. I know these two guys very, very well. Overall, I think [Thurman] he is a better fighter. I told Manny to put this guy down [Spence] in the first round your ass and thrust will start on your way. So let’s start quickly and we’re in a position to do 12 hard rounds. It will be better to be ready for a 12-round fight.
“Spence, he’s a good driller and he plays hard, but I think Manny’s moves will come into play [Spence] in trouble. ”
This stage would be a huge victory to close the legendary career for the Filipino icon, who in 1995 was a teenager when Spence gained 106 pounds when Spence just turned five. But Roach has joined the boxing media in questioning whether this could be the last chapter in Pacquiao’s wrestling career as he continues to warm up as he competes in politics.
“Maybe this. I keep telling Manny, ‘When you retire, I’ll retire,'” Roach said. “The thing is, this may be our last fight, but I still feel somewhere inside, because I think the Philippines wants to be a presidential candidate – even if they never tell me that – to defend the title. I’d like that. I’d say to do that, but politics, we’re kind of far away. But I think Manny is good maybe for someone else. ”