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Canelo next fight against Pacquiao; Freddie Roach thinks Filipino can handle Mexican

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Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) stands with his trainer Freddie Roach after working out ahead of his bout with Tim Bradley, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) stands with his trainer Freddie Roach after working out ahead of his bout with Tim Bradley, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Canelo Alvarez is fresh off his destruction of Amir Khan while Manny Pacquiao is set to clinch a senatorial seat in the Philippine Elections. If the pair manage to meet in the ring, world renowned trainer Freddie Roach thinks the Filipino can “pull off” a win against the Mexican.

“If someone can go out there and outbox him and stay disciplined, they would be okay. I was offered the (Alvarez) fight from Bob Arum, for Manny Pacquiao, and I didn’t say no – because the thing about Pacquiao fighting him (Canelo), and maybe not being strong enough, is being smart enough to fight him for twelve rounds,” Roach said in an interview via boxingscene.com.

“And I think Pacquiao can pull that off.”

Roach might be excited of the prospect of Canelo next fight against Manny Pacquiao but the Filipino appears serious in not returning to the sport and stick to his life as a politician in his home country.

Bob Arum, Top Rank Promotions chief, said in a recent interview that the only way Pacquiao considers a comeback is if his next fight is against nemesis Floyd Mayweather because of the probable lucrative money involved in a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch after their first bout drew world records on attendance sales and pay-per-view sales.

Canelo next fight is supposed to be against top contender and pay-per-view draw Gennady Golovkin and the match-up is seen as the next big fight in the spot.

Mayweather himself is rumored to be considering returning to boxing and is willing to face mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. Although these are rumors for now and it’s difficult to see a boxer and an MMA fighter actually getting inside the ring against each other.

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