Freddie Roach didn’t have a problem with Manny Pacquiao fighting a list of potential opponents. He was not even surprised at all that the “Pacman” has come out of retirement, and feels he will be back for more than just one fight.
Fighters like Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford were at one point mentioned as possible matchups, and he even broached the idea of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather rematch.
Freddie Roach believes that Manny still has what it takes to win big matches. He may have slowed a tad at welterweight, but he does not owe it to his age. In fact, if Pacquiao goes back down at light welterweight he believes he will be at his best form once again.
This was all before Terence Crawford fought Roach’s ward, Viktor Postol on July 23rd.
Terence Crawford turned out being too talented against Postol who was taller, but couldn’t find a way to come in with his jab. He was unable to effectively cut the ring and turned out getting out-boxed whenever they clashed.
Ring generalship frustrated Postol, and Freddie Roach had no answers to give to solve the Crawford puzzle. He was simply too fast, and his punches were well timed and unpredictable.
Now, Freddie Roach says he may not accept a fight between Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao. At least not yet, as he wants to Manny to fight once before he takes on Crawford.
It was reported beforehand that Pacquiao has already agreed to fight Crawford if he wins and performs well against Postol.
But Boxingscene reported the hall of fame trainer said:
“It’s a very tough match-up, Crawford showed that he can move for twelve rounds, he can run for twelve rounds. But you know, in-between the running and so forth, when he does land punches he does land really powerful punches. He hurt my guy a lot. I know Postol’s got a pretty good chin.”
Freddie Roach believes that Crawford’s movement will pose a problem the same way Pacquiao had trouble catching up with Floyd Mayweather during their super fight.
He even went on to say, “He moves very well and emulates Floyd Mayweather quite a bit, I think. I think he’s like a young Mayweather right now.”
Manny Pacquiao’s former trainer Rick Staheli, too, believes he should stay away from Crawford for the same reasons. Staheli guided Manny when he won his first world title.
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