Freddie Roach has admitted that he may not pick Terence Crawford as an opponent for Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming next fight November comeback fight.
The Hall of Fame trainer was in the opposing corner to Crawford at the weekend as the Omaha super-lightweight unified the division by comfortably outpointing Ukrainian Viktor Postol.
I don’t think we are going to accept or want the Crawford fight for Manny straight away.
Roach said: I don’t think we are going to accept or want the Crawford fight for Manny straight away. So Crawford’s a pretty good puncher, he hits hard and he moves very well and emulates (Floyd) Mayweather quite a bit, I think. I think he’s like a young Mayweather, right now.”
And with that said, Roach may not want that Crawford fight for ‘the Pac Man’ just yet.
He admitted – “You know what, with Manny in the senate and I have to go to the Philippines and so forth to train him and with all the confusion going on – I don’t think I’m going to accept that fight or want that fight right away. I mean give me one warm-up fight and give me a fight right after that and we can talk.”
According to Roach: Pacquiao isn’t just fighting on for the money.
“Manny still knows what he does best and that’s fighting. The thing is if you want to say politics is a popularity contest, which is somewhat true. I believe this is what makes Manny so popular – it’s the boxing. It’s not being senator or anything like that. He hasn’t proved he’s a good senator, yet. But I know he’ll try hard because he wants to help the people.”
The victory seemed to set up a mega fight with multi-weight world champion Pacquiao, who is likely to return to the ring this autumn.