Roach says Pac has 2 fights left, Crawford possible
December 23, 2016
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had some odd things to say about Manny Pacquiao’s future.
Earlier this month, Roach had made some comments about how he didn’t feel too enthused about his future hall of fame fighter facing undefeated Omaha native Terence Crawford, and that Crawford would be an extremely tough opponent. He even said that he would rather Pacquiao face Canelo Alvarez at a catch-weight than fight Crawford.
But now, he’s told BoxingScene.com that because of the way Crawford KO’d John Molina earlier this month, that Crawford has raised the chances of getting himself a fight with the Filipino legend.
“(Getting a win) always puts you closer to a Manny Pacquiao fight. Manny wants to keep fighting and if we don’t get the Mayweather fight we want to fight the best guys out there. We don’t want easy fights. We will fight anyone. We want to fight anyone in the top 10.”
That statement is really strange to me. Why would Crawford’s win against John Molina change anything that Roach thought about Crawford? Crawford totally dominated and outclassed Molina, and that’s exactly what everyone expected, and I don’t know why that would change Roach’s viewpoint, especially when he had said earlier that he didn’t particularly want a Crawford-Pacquiao fight.. Not really sure what Roach is thinking.
Roach also stated that Pacquiao probably has two fights left in him, although there is no diirect quote of him saying this. Bob Arum had previously said that Pacquiao would fight twice next year, so I don’t know if this means 2017 will be the last year that Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring. I wouldn’t read too much into that, as things will change depending on how Pacquiao feels in his upcoming fights.