Pacquiao must retire if he loses again, says Roach


Manny Pacquiao AP FILE PHOTO

There’s no middle ground for Manny Pacquiao when he battles Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 at The Venetian Macao.

A win guarantees extension of Pacquiao’s storied career while a loss means it’s time to hang up his gloves, according to Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

“If he (Pacquiao) loses, I will tell him to retire,” Roach told “If you lose three in a row it’s your time. He’s up there in age (34). I’ve got to keep a close eye on him. It’s part of my job to protect him. I will do the right thing. I don’t want him to be a stepping stone (for other fighters).”

Pacquiao trusts Roach’s ring judgment and the eight-division world champion has repeatedly said that he would heed whatever the five-time trainer of the year will tell him.

Roach believes that, despite getting knocked out cold in the sixth round by Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last Dec. 8, Pacquiao still has some fight left in him. The Filipino icon holds a 54-win,

5-loss, 2-draw record with 38 knockouts.

Roach said  Pacquiao’s style is suited for Rios, who is also a power hitter with a 31-1-1 (23 KOs) slate.

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  • mg2021

    Dapat mag retire na sya ngayon palang. Nasa history na naman sya ng boxing, proven na naman na isa sya sa best P4P fighter, napasikat nya rin ang pinas. So I think while he is still young & healthy mag retire na..enjoy your money and don’t stop helping yung mahihirap.

  • Val Sor

    Well, Roach, that’s entirely not true. You made Pacquiao a stepping stone for for Bradley.

  • Sinloi Too Ewe

    Manny Hands make ” Light Work “

  • boybakal

    Laos na talaga si Manny, pati comment dito konti na lang.

  • Junnar Cangelus

    Pakyut olat na kahit sinong makakalaban..Osla na kase kaya namumuhunan ng husto sa politika yung hinde na nya kayang kitain sa boksing babawiin sa pera ng bayan gamit ang asawa at kapatid kasama na ang mga uto-utong botante Gen-san at Sarangani….

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