Roach: ‘5’ in September


HOLLYWOOD—If he has the final say, Freddie Roach wants Pacquiao-Marquez 5 in September. Not a day earlier.

“That’s my idea of the soonest,” Roach told Manila-based sportswriters Tuesday. “April, May is way too soon.”

While he’s batting for a rematch, Roach’s primary concern is Pacquiao’s health.

“You get hit with a shot like that and maybe you had a concussion,” said Roach, referring to the dynamite right thrown by Juan Manuel Marquez that knocked Pacquiao out cold Saturday night in their fourth showdown at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Roach wants Pacquiao to take a complete rest before going back to the gym to test his readiness for a fight that’s shaping up to be even bigger than Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Once Pacquiao shows up, Roach will evaluate the condition his star fighter is in.

If Pacquiao turns out to be the same, not losing a step and sharp on his reflexes, training proceeds at once and the eight-division world champion gets the chance to avenge the shocking loss.

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  • johndcross1

    Right on Freddie!  Pacquiao needs a complete rest & preparation.  He must increase his strength & stamina.  He must bulk up without using PED. Kick-out those idiots who has nothing to do with boxing & just after your money.

  • pasaway008ako

    Kunwari pa itong si Roach na nag-aalala sa kabutihan ni Pacquiao, maniwala ako diyan? Basta magkapera siya ay ayos lang! Mayroon pa siyang conncussion, pero, mayroon na siyang Sept 5 ha. Kaya kapag naluto ang negosasyon ng laban, ok salpukan na bata! Mabuti kung papayag pa si Marquez, Natala na sa history ng boxing na pinatulog niya si Pacquiao, bakit pa siya lalaban pa? Oras na lumaban pa si Marquez, lamog siya kay Pacquiao, ilalampaso siya ng husto. Nakatsmaba lang siya, pero sa susunod na salpukan talagang sisingilin siya ni Pacman. 

  • Gandalf

    Marquez-Mayweather 2 is more logical. Pacquiao’s heart is no longer in boxing.  

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