Bradley not a challenge for Pacquiao: Roach


Posted at Oct 24 2011 08:07 AM | Updated as of Oct 24 2011 07:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach expressed his disappointment anew over the rumors that Timothy Bradley Jr. may be next in line to face pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

Roach had previously said that while Bradley was "a tough kid," he would be disappointed if Pacquiao fought him.

"Is that all we've got? Timothy Bradley?" Roach said.

Bradley was recently signed by Top Rank, leading to the speculation that the junior welterweight was in line to face Pacquiao.

"Bradley is not that big of a name," Roach said in an interview with 8countnews. "I want a challenge, and I just don't see Bradley and these other guys as a challenge at this point."

The fighter Roach wants Pacquiao to face is undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"We want Mayweather next," he said. "Mayweather is a challenge."

Roach admitted that the chances of a Pacquiao and Mayweather superfight were slim.

"It doesn't look like it's going to happen at this point, but I certainly hope it does. I am like everyone else in the world, I want this fight to happen just like you do," he said.

But if Pacquiao ever does meet Bradley in the ring, Roach is confident that his prized ward will emerge the victor.

"If Bradley is the guy, I am sure Manny will take care of it," he said.