MANILA – Boxing coach Freddie Roach admitted that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not likely to happen even after the Filipino took back his crown from Timothy Bradley.
Roach said that aside from Mayweather’s refusal to get in the ring with the Filipino superstar, they will also have to deal with network and promotional conflicts that are in the way of the mega-bout.
"We'd love to fight Floyd Mayweather next, but at this point it seems next to impossible, with the promoters and the networks further apart,” the boxing trainer said in ESPN.
Pacquiao fights under Top Rank Inc., which is associated with HBO Sports, while Mayweather is locked in a deal with Showtime.
The fighting congressman pulled off a unanimous verdict against Bradley last April 12, his second straight win since losing by knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez.
The victory not only vindicated his 2012 loss to the American, it also made him the WBO welterweight king again.
The Filipino boxer is expected to hold discussions with boxing promoter Bob Arum next month regarding his next fight.
Roach said Pacquiao’s next foe may be known next month.
"There's a fight in L.A., at the Forum, between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado on May 17, and the winner is a natural opponent next for Manny," he said.
“I'd like Marquez next, we owe him something. I hope he wins, and he should win that fight against Alvarado."