MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach said he prefers his prized fighter Manny Pacquiao to face Timothy Bradley in a rematch, instead of having him fight Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time.
“I'd like [him] to have a rematch with Bradley,” the famed trainer told Boxing Channel.
Roach said that from a fan’s perspective, he sees a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch more thrilling than another Marquez fight.
“I think every time they fight each other, it's less entertaining, they know each other so well,” he said. “Three times is enough for me.”
He, however, admitted that the decision really lies on Pacquiao.
Roach stressed that his primary role is to prepare his fighter against whoever he is facing.
“If Manny decides to go that way (Marquez fight), I'd do the best that I can to prepare him for it,” he said.
Pacquiao is still on vacation with his family in the US following his controversial split-decision loss to Bradley last June.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum earlier said he has already laid out the positives and negatives of possible bouts against Bradley, Marquez, Miguel Cotto and even Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But Arum said the Filipino champion didn’t give him a clue regarding his choice of opponent.
"He kept a true poker face," said Arum. "I explained to him everything that is going on and what we thought, but he didn't give anything away. He just listened and took it all in."