Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and U.S. boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. face off during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada June 8, 2012 Reuters/Steve Marcus
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach foresees a difficult fight if his prized ward, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, winds up facing off against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch.
Bradley is one of the potential opponents for Pacquiao when he fights again on April 12. The American already holds a victory over the “Pacman,” albeit a controversial one – Bradley was awarded a split decision win when he and Pacquiao fought in June 2012.
“Bradley would be difficult because he boxes well,” Roach said in an interview with Boxing Scene when asked to assess Pacquiao’s potential opponents.
“I personally saw him (Bradley) winning that fight against (Juan Manuel) Marquez,” the trainer added, referring to the Bradley-Marquez bout in October 2013 that the American won via decision.
At the same time, Roach acknowledged that there is a need for a rematch considering the controversial nature of the first fight.
“He (Bradley) is fast, knows how to fight, and a rematch is necessary,” Roach said. “I thought Manny beat Bradley, but the scorecards didn’t agree.”
Roach also expressed his opinion that another fight against Marquez would have been the best option for Pacquiao.
“I think it would have been a good fight, but Marquez said no,” said Roach.
Marquez has repeatedly turned down a fifth Pacquiao fight, saying he had written the last chapter of their rivalry with his sixth-round knockout of the Filipino when they fought in December 2012.
“That makes me sad a little because we know that was the best fight out there for Manny,” Roach admitted.