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Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao, 41, still has a desire to be seen as the best boxer in the world. Roach talked with DAZN’s Chris Mannix about what could be next for Pacquiao, who holds the WBA welterweight title.
“One thing about Manny, he doesn’t wanna beat just anybody, he wants to fight the top guys,” Roach said. “Like, Mikey Garcia called him out a couple times; I think that’s a good fight for him, of course. Robert (Garcia, Mikey’s brother and trainer) called him out on one of your shows. It made me smile, because I like that fight for Manny, I think it’s a great fight.
“But the thing is, Manny might wanna go a little bit higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who’s supposed to be the best guy in the world today, because Pacquiao still desires to be the best there is.”
Roach suggested a fight with 38-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin, who holds the IBF middleweight title. But Roach did clarify that he doesn’t think Pacquiao should fight at 160 pounds.
“No, I would not advise him to go to 160. Not when you’re getting old,” he said, before leaving a bit more of a flirtation with the idea in the air. “But putting him at 147 was a risk at one time. Everyone told me, ‘Why are you moving him up to 147?’
“He can make 140 pretty easy, he can actually make 135 if he digs down. But to fight the biggest guys at 147, where the money was, it made good sense to all of us to fight the great Oscar (De La Hoya). It was a great deal and it worked out really good for us.”