MANILA, Philippines – Renowned trainer Freddie Roach does not think there will be a bout between World Boxing Council (WBC) champions Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez.
"It won't happen," Roach told BoxingScene.com.
Pacquiao's real weight class is welterweight (147 pounds), which is two weight levels below Martinez's middleweight class (160 lbs).
Although the Filipino champion fought Antonio Margarito for the WBC super welterweight title, he weighed 148 lbs. during fight night.
Roach, however, said the Pacquiao-Martinez bout can still happen as long as the Argentine agrees to go down to the 147-lb limit.
He said Martinez remains his most wanted foe for Pacquiao, next to the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
"I was asked about what I thought was the most attractive fight out there, and I said [Floyd] Mayweather, and the second was Martinez--if he can make 147," he said.
Roach vowed to keep Pacquiao fighting at the welterweight limit where the boxing superstar is more "comfortable" in.
If Martinez refuses to go down to 147 lbs., then "the Pacquiao fight won't happen because he's too small."
Like Pacquiao, Martinez is currently a "hot item" in the world of boxing.
Martinez (46-2-2) last fought American Paul Williams in November. He delivered a stunning performance via a second-round knockout. With the victory, he successfully retained his WBC middleweight title.
Roach said a more feasible fight for Pacquiao in terms of weight classes is against the controversial Mayweather.
Mayweather (41-0) is much-wanted foe for the Pacman (53-3-2).
However, Mayweather's legal troubles have apparently dimmed chances for the supposed "Fight of the Century."