MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said that if he could have his way, he’d pit his prized ward Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the soonest time possible.
He said fight fans have long been waiting for the bout to take place.
"Floyd calling us out is one thing, but there's a lot of negotiation that goes along with him calling us out. But I think that his move is a positive step," said Roach in RingTV.com.
He believes that shelving the fight for another time could cause boxing fans to lose interest.
"So I think that the fight will happen now. It's just that it's the sooner the better for me. I haven't talked to Bob or Manny yet, but I'm waiting for a call right now actually," said Roach.
Roach hopes that the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will take place no later than 2012.
Meanwhile, Roach believes that Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley are strong contenders in Pacquiao’s list of possible opponents.
"I think that [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum's choices, to me, are Cotto or Bradley," said Roach.
He said he’d rather pick Bradley for Pacquiao since the Filipino champion had Cotto beat in 2009.
"I'd rather go with Bradley, because the Cotto thing is probably going to end the same way, I think," said Roach.