Roach: We can meet JMM in 140 lbs

By DENNIS GASGONIA, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Feb 27 2009 01:31 AM | Updated as of Feb 27 2009 09:31 AM

Boxing coach Freddie Roach sees no problem about his prized student Manny Pacquiao squaring it off again with Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time.

However he said, this time it should be at 140 pounds or the junior welterweight division.

“If Marquez wants to come to 140 and the money is right… we’ll fight him again. Manny has no problem with that,” Roach said in an interview with www.fightfan.com.

He said that with Pacquiao’s current level of boxing skills, they could finally score a decisive win over the Mexican champion.

“To be honest, at this point with the way Manny is fighting I think we’ll finally get Marquez,” he said.

Pacquiao is set to face British superstar Ricky Hatton in a May 2 superfight while Marquez will battle former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz on February 28.

Pacquiao and Marquez have already fought twice with both matches ending in controversial fashion.

Their first fight, which took place on May 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand in La Vegas, Nevada ended in a draw. The second one staged four years later on March 15, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay ended in a split decision in favor of the Filipino.

“By no means was it a robbery, but it was a close fight. The judges saw it our way, but if they’d seen it the other way I wouldn’t have been crying about it and I would have congratulated them,” Roach said of Pacquiao’s win over Marquez.

“My problem has always been that (Marquez and his team) were such babies about the decision in the rematch,” he added.

Meanwhile, he said he would love to see the match between Marquez and Diaz.

“I think that Marquez might be too smart for Diaz… but at the same time Diaz’s youth might be too much for Marquez. He’s a strong kid and he keeps coming. It’s going to be a very interesting fight,” said Roach.