composite picture of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is confident that a mega-fight between Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. can happen in September.
Speaking to boxing website The Sweet Science, Roach said he believes the various issues blocking the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight – including the American’s reluctance to work with Pacquiao’s promoter – can be overcome.
“I think we’re closer and closer to a Mayweather fight. It’s only rumors now, but I think the rumors will come true,” said Roach. “I don’t think either Manny or Mayweather has anywhere else to go.”
Mayweather has repeatedly said that he has no intention of working with Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum, meaning that a Pacquiao fight is unlikely to happen for as long as the “Pacman” fights under the Top Rank banner.
But Roach insists that Arum will be willing to step aside if Pacquiao asked him to.
“Manny has time left in his contract, but I think if he calls Bob and tells Bob what he wants – and that’s Mayweather – then Bob will give him what he wants,” Roach said. “Bob will let him go do that fight.”
“You’ve got to give the fans what they want, and most important, you as the promoter have to give the fighter what he wants,” he added. “I think Arum, being the promoter and the professional that he is, will give Manny that fight.”
Mayweather is planning to fight in May and September this year, and Roach said he likes the September date.
“I’m pushing for it,” he said. “I’m gonna call Manny… all he has to do is call Bob, tell him who he wants – Mayweather, and I think it’ll get done.”