Pacquiao would ’overwhelm’ Mayweather – Roach

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Manny Pacquiao (sitting) with former strength coach Alex Ariza and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP FILE PHOTOS

Manny Pacquiao (sitting) with former strength coach Alex Ariza and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP FILE PHOTOS

MACAU: Manny Pacquiao would “overwhelm” unbeaten World Boxing Council welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather with his lightning speed if the fight that fans crave takes place in 2014, according to trainer Freddie Roach.

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After Pacquiao returned to winning ways by demolishing former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios in Macau on Sunday, talk turned inevitably to the long-awaited mega-fight against eight-time world champion Mayweather.

Promoter Bob Arum confirmed to Agence France-Presse that Pacquiao, the only man to have held world titles in eight weight divisions, would next fight on April 12 in Las Vegas, with one of his conquerors from last year— America’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, or Mexican arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez—the likely opponent.

After that they would try for Mayweather, who already has a fight scheduled against an as yet unnamed opponent on May 3.

The earliest that “PacMan,” 34, and “Pretty Boy,” 36, could meet, a fight that could generate a record $300 million in pay-per-view revenues, is next September.

“It’s a fight that should happen and where there is a will there is a way,” said Arum, following Pacquiao’s big points victory over Rios for the WBO International belt.

“Particularly after that performance.”

Roach said he would prefer a fifth meeting with Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao on the most recent of their epic encounters almost a year ago, “to shut him up.”

But then Roach wants victory over Mayweather. “That’s the fight the world wants to see,” Roach told Agence France-Presse.

“Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn’t move as much as he used to. I think Manny’s speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws. And he has trouble with speed.

“Manny Pacquiao, he’s back, but I never really had the thought he went anywhere.”

Pacquaio told reporters he was ready to go toe-to-toe with Mayweather, but that the decision rested with the American.

“My job is to fight and I will fight anybody who will fight me,” Pacquiao said. “I am willing to fight Floyd. So it is up to him.”

Rios, wearing dark glasses to cover his battered features, agreed that Pacquiao’s blistering speed of punching and his fast reflexes had taken him by surprise.

“He’s much faster than I thought he was,” Rios told a press conference. “He was great. I tip my hat to Manny Pacquiao. He still has it.”

Rios’s trainer Robert Garcia also paid tribute. “I think everyone had that question after the Marquez fight: ‘Which Pacquiao are we going to see?’ I think we saw the best Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao took more than two hours to get to his post-fight press conference, after having to supply two urine samples for dope testing by Voluntary Anti-Doping Organization and the sanctioning body, the WBO.

One of the biggest sticking points preventing Mayweather facing Pacquiao in the past had been the American camp’s insistence on strict drugs testing. That may have been removed now, with Pacquiao being tested frequently.

So did Pacquiao foresee any other obstacles in the way of the fight? “You’ll have to ask him,” he said, referring to Mayweather.

AFP

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  1. Rios and Antonio Margarito has the same speed and foot work, the only differences between the two are Margarito loose weight and Rios gain weight, both the two fighter has no belt, both are looser. If Pacquiao couldn’t knock Rios and Rios whose like a turtle could hit him, Who will he fight next time that he has more advantage. Pacman is getting old and theirs more young fighter with a devastating knock out power are popping out. If Pacman could beat this fighter: Andrien Broner, Marcos Maidana, Bradley, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Ruslan Provodnikov, Zab Judah, Canelo Alvarez, i myself will believe he has a chance with Floyd. If we look back in time, pacman beat Oscar Delahoya for one reason, It was stage play of delahoya, you see pacman is still in contract with delahoya, delahoya is the owner of the promotion and he is really retiring and he need more money for his company, so in other word either you look it in all angle delahoya never loose, he can make pacman famous and he will make more money. In Antonio Margarito case vs pacman they fight for a title that both of then are not even qualified 154lb belt and both of then are under 150lb, how did it happened Aurum want pacman to raise to stardoom so he could make more money imagine you have a fighter that have 8 belt in different division and you could make history in the making, WALLA!, but know is the age of of computer and reason, most of us are not ignorant anymore, we knew what is right and wrong, what we see could not change, time keep moving forward, we live in reality, Baby Boomer are more smarter, So in your point of view and people around the world point of view, not denying or cheeting your self because pacman is your man, How could Pacman would overwhelm Floyd, who is more taller, has longer reach, has more speed, very slick, and more smarter. One more thing Floyd will not fight pacman in so many reason, Floyd own his own promotion, he make more money than pacman, pacman dont like blood test, pacman want 50/50 in pay which will not happened because he loose in his two fight while floyd is undefeated, Floyd dont like aurum and pacman to make money, floyd dont like Aurum and freddie roach. In my honest view this fight will not happened and if it will pacman will loose 1000%, Floyd are not afraid to pacman look at the fighter that he beat, open your eyes, dont believe in the media who has been paid to make the fire more bigger, as i said the people in this world as of today are not ignorant and stupid any more. WHAT SAY YOU! word from LORD OF THE RING.