Freddie Roach believes that a showdown with the unified junior welterweight champ is all about proper timing
Roach, who has been in Pacquiao’s corner since his title-winning performance against Lehlo Ledwaba for the IBF super bantamweight belt in June 2001, believes it is all about proper timing for Pacquiao in terms of a potential showdown with Crawford.
The 7-time BWAA “Trainer of the Year” awardee pointed out that the 37-year-old southpaw from General Santos City will need a full training camp if he desires to lock horns with Crawford.
“At the moment, everyone is mentioning Terence Crawford, but I don’t like that fight for November. Almost the entire training camp would be in the Philippines. We wouldn’t be able to fly back to the States until 12 days before the fight,” Roach said in an interview with Boxing News.
Roach admitted that Pacquiao should be in top shape to topple an impressive two-fisted fighter like the American Crawford.
“We’ll also be training in the evenings because Manny will be working in the senate all day, so it won’t be the best camp. Crawford is a great athlete and I wouldn’t want Manny going into that fight if he’s not 100 percent. I want the November fight to be more of a warm-up fight and then for Manny to fight again shortly after. I want it to be a two-fight deal,” he stated.
Pacquiao only competed once at 140 pounds when he scored an emphatic second-round knockout victory over Ricky Hatton to bag the IBO and lineal junior welterweight belts in May 2009.
“I’m not sure what weight Manny will fight at. I’ve not spoken to him about it yet, but it could be 140. He walks around at about 142 anyway,” Roach shared.
“But he likes to have breakfast and lunch on the day of a weigh-in, so maybe it’ll be 147. Plus, he’s a much nicer guy at that weight. But the November fight could be at 147 and then after that he could drop to 140. That wouldn’t be a problem,” the 56-year-old veteran boxing coach added.
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