Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Freddie Roach Talks About Manny Pacquiao's Return
It seems like "the fight everyone is furious over" just ended, but there's already talk of Manny Pacquiao's ring return, and - let's face it - we're interested. Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach claimed on camera that he thinks PacMan will be back in the ring in "nine months." That's pretty big news since most of us may have assumed it would take longer for the Filipino legend to return.
Paulie Malignaggi's name is being thrown around as a potential opponent. Frankly, I'm not thrilled with this one. Simply because Manny was bested by Floyd doesn't mean he wouldn't be all over Malignaggi. Besides, there are those who feel Paulie's been very hostile towards team Pacqiuao in the media. That may be a maneuver on Paulie's part to get the fight, but Roach makes it clear it's rubbed him the wrong way.
Also, Roach claims he wants his man back facing top competition. Paulie is good, no doubt, but he's simply not proven himself to be at Pacqiao's level. Frankly, I wish the guy would broadcast rather than fight after another match or two. He really is one of the best analysts out there.
As for Manny, it will be interesting to see who he faces next. The choice, frankly is his. Khan, Thurman, Garcia, Bradley, Algieri, Brook - who among those names, even those aligned with Al Haymon - wouldn't salivate at the thought of facing Pacquiao (though the fans might not be too crazy about Algieri and Bradley being opponents again)? Indeed, it seems that only Floyd and Juan Manuel Marquez would balk at fighting PacMan at this point.
Let's face it, the world is still his.