ROACH UPBEAT ON MANNY-FLOYD SHOWDOWN

Freddie Roach believes a much-awaited collision between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is just around the corner, contrary to what has been reported that the megabuck fight isn’t happening anytime soon. In a report by Michael Woods of thesweetscience.com, Roach said a clash between two of the sport’s biggest stars is inevitable since both Mayweather and Pacquiao won’t be able to earn bigger purses facing someone else. "I think we're closer and closer to a Mayweather fight. It's only rumors now, but I think the rumors will come true. I don't think either Manny or Mayweather has anywhere else to go," he told Woods. Roach’s statement comes amid Mayweather repeatedly expressing his disinterest in fighting Pacquiao for a slew of reasons.

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Manny Pacquiao has yet to name his opponent for April and news spread like wildfire yesterday that he’s all set to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September. Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, was quick to douse cold water on the news. Koncz told The STAR a few days ago he and Pacquiao have yet to seriously talk about the Filipino boxer’s next fight scheduled April 12 in Las Vegas. He said Pacquiao wanted the holidays to be over “before he decides on his next fight and opponent.” Koncz also told boxing observer Ronnie Nathanielsz yesterday “it has to be Manny or himself to confirm this (Mayweather) story and advises us not to believe it until either of them do.” But news also came out a few days ago that Pacquiao is pursuing talks with Mayweather who had said the fight will only happen if Top Rank is not part of the deal. Mayweather had a bitter falling out with Bob Arum in 2006 and the boxer said he’d ever do business with the legendary promoter again. Pacquiao will soon fly to the US in the hope of meeting Mayweather. Koncz is already in the US.

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Robert Guerrero, right, exchanges punches with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in file photo. AP If Freddie Roach would have his way, he would pick Robert Guerrero as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for the Filipino icon’s next fight on April 12 in Las Vegas. Although it has been reported that Pacquiao is eyeing a rematch with Timothy Bradley, Roach believes knocking out Guerrero – a previous victim of Floyd Mayweather Jr. – will put them in a better position for a showdown with the unbeaten pound-for-pound king. “There’s a couple of other guys out there right now that I’m thinking about that are free agents. You look at Mayweather’s last like four fights and so forth, if we can fight one of those guys that he went the distance with and knock that person out and be impressive, it puts us even closer to Mayweather because that’s the fight we really want eventually,” Roach said in an interview with boxing website secondsout.com.


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Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says he is pushing for a September fight between his ward and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, JANUARY 14, 2014, (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Freddie Roach believes a much-awaited collision between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is just around the corner, contrary to what has been reported that the megabuck fight isn’t happening anytime soon.

In a report by Michael Woods of thesweetscience.com, Roach said a clash between two of the sport’s biggest stars is inevitable since both Mayweather and Pacquiao won’t be able to earn bigger purses facing someone else.

"I think we're closer and closer to a Mayweather fight. It's only rumors now, but I think the rumors will come true. I don't think either Manny or Mayweather has anywhere else to go," he told Woods.

Roach’s statement comes amid Mayweather repeatedly expressing his disinterest in fighting Pacquiao for a slew of reasons.

The undefeated fighter made it clear that a fight between him and Pacquiao isn’t going to happen as long as the Filipino icon is associated with Bob Arum, whom Mayweather disdains.

Roach believes otherwise, hinting that Arum will do everything he can to make sure Pacquiao gets Mayweather. Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank is good for 2014, and many boxing observers believe the only way for a Mayweather-Pacquiao duel to become a reality is if Arum steps aside.

"Manny has time left in his contract but I think if he calls Bob and tells Bob what he wants, and that's Mayweather. Bob will give him (Pacquiao) what he wants, Bob will let him go do that fight," added the bespectacled trainer.

Pacquiao has been eyeing Mayweather since returning to his winning ways with a victory over Brandon Rios in Macau last November, but he is likely headed for a rematch with Timothy Bradley on April 12. Mayweather, for his part, is targeting Amir Khan for his fight this May.

Roach said he’s pushing for Mayweather-Pacquiao in September and is confident that Arum can get it done.

"I think Arum being the promoter and the professional that he is, will give Manny that fight. I like that September date, I'm pushing for it," he said, adding that he’ll even call Pacquiao to get things going with Arum.

"You've got to give the fans what they want and most important, you as the promoter have to give the fighter what he wants," Roach further said.

For Roach, the fight the world wants to see is “closer now than ever."

Manny vs Floyd: Deal or no deal? By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 3, 2014 - 12:00am 43 1269 googleplus0 72


Manny Pacquiao, left photo, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao has yet to name his opponent for April and news spread like wildfire yesterday that he’s all set to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September.

Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, was quick to douse cold water on the news.

Koncz told The STAR a few days ago he and Pacquiao have yet to seriously talk about the Filipino boxer’s next fight scheduled April 12 in Las Vegas.

He said Pacquiao wanted the holidays to be over “before he decides on his next fight and opponent.”

Koncz also told boxing observer Ronnie Nathanielsz yesterday “it has to be Manny or himself to confirm this (Mayweather) story and advises us not to believe it until either of them do.”

But news also came out a few days ago that Pacquiao is pursuing talks with Mayweather who had said the fight will only happen if Top Rank is not part of the deal.

Mayweather had a bitter falling out with Bob Arum in 2006 and the boxer said he’d ever do business with the legendary promoter again.

Pacquiao will soon fly to the US in the hope of meeting Mayweather. Koncz is already in the US.

Koncz said there are a few names they’re looking at and they include Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov. Others now being mentioned are Amir Khan and Danny Garcia.

The name of Mayweather is always in the list but the American superstar may be looking at Marcos Maidana as his opponent for May 3.

Still, reports that came out yesterday said Mayweather and Pacquiao have agreed to finally do the fight in September.

It was unclear where the story originated from but an article that came out of the International Business Times said the fight will “finally take place in September 2014.”

“Great news in the world of boxing. He [the source] is telling me that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in 2014 guaranteed and it’s already done,” the story, quoting 78 Sports TV, said.

Hold your horses on this one.

Roach wants Pacman-Guerrero in April By Dino Maragay, Contributor (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 11, 2014 - 12:00am 1 16 googleplus0 0


Robert Guerrero, right, exchanges punches with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in file photo. AP

MANILA, Philippines - If Freddie Roach would have his way, he would pick Robert Guerrero as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for the Filipino icon’s next fight on April 12 in Las Vegas.

Although it has been reported that Pacquiao is eyeing a rematch with Timothy Bradley, Roach believes knocking out Guerrero – a previous victim of Floyd Mayweather Jr. – will put them in a better position for a showdown with the unbeaten pound-for-pound king.

“There’s a couple of other guys out there right now that I’m thinking about that are free agents. You look at Mayweather’s last like four fights and so forth, if we can fight one of those guys that he went the distance with and knock that person out and be impressive, it puts us even closer to Mayweather because that’s the fight we really want eventually,” Roach said in an interview with boxing website secondsout.com.

Guerrero (31-2-1, with 18 knockouts), who has won titles at feather, super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight, tried but failed against Mayweather in May last year. He used to spar with Pacquiao and Roach thinks a showdown with Guerrero would be a hit.

“(Robert) Guerrero has sparred with Manny many times and he thinks he gets the best of Manny. He’s made that public before that he used to beat Manny up in sparring. I see it a different way, but I would love that fight and I think it’s a great fight,” the bespectacled trainer explained.

“Pacman” versus “The Ghost” (Guerrero’s monicker) sounds good as a promotional title – a reference to the classic video game Pacman – and the multi-awarded cornerman is confident that a knockout win for his ward would set up a showdown with Mayweather.

“You know, he (Guerrero) went the distance with Mayweather and I think if Manny knocks him out, it puts us even closer to the Mayweather fight,” he stressed.

Pacquiao, for his part, has accepted the fact that fight between him and Mayweather isn’t happening anytime soon and instead is pushing for a second meeting with Bradley, who defeated him in controversial fashion in 2012.

Roach says he’s also fine with that.

“He wants it (Bradley rematch) because he felt he got a bad decision last one. We like that fight of course, but the thing is, it’s not a big moneymaker,” he added.

Roach himself said he would vouch for a Mayweather fight in September, something a Bradley rematch could never overtake.

“I don’t think Manny really cares about that (Bradley) fight because the fight he talks about mostly with me right now is Mayweather,” he said.


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