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Roach thinks Pacquiao should return to ring in September


MANILA, Philippines — Not in April, but in September.

That’s when trainer Freddie Roach thinks pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao should return to the ring, after suffering a brutal knockout in the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month.

“[April] is too soon after [a knockout like that],” Roach was quoted by 710 radio, according to

“We spoke about [his next fight]. I told him that I think he should come back around September and he agreed with me.”

Pacquiao got knocked out cold by Marquez, using a brilliant right, in the sixth round of their fourth fight last December 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

But the Filipino boxing champion, though, remains upbeat even after the stunning loss, according to Roach.

“Manny told him [Roach] if he thought he couldn’t lose, he would be in the wrong business,” relayed Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix in a tweet (@ChrisMannixSI).

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  • roccothegreat

    Does Roach want Pacquiao to go out with  his disease? Doctors  have, according to recent reports, has early stages, of the disease. One fight too many can make your life a disaster. Roach is a truly nice guy, but he is not the best trainer around. Several of his fighters have left him. Robert Garcia, former lightweight champion, has many more outstanding boxers, than has Roach.In case any reader wants to know, which I failed to detail, the disease is Parkinsons.

  • TulisangDagat

    Pacman must be the only one but   ..sabong and politics can mix ..boxing and politics cannot mix

  • Val Sor

    Pacquiao is a big disappointment to the Filipino community worldwide. He should focus on training everyday, or retire from boxing if he can’t, because at his level, all his opponents do nothing but boxing everyday.

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