Pacquiao climbing to middleweight? Roach says idea would be a ‘little crazy’


Posted at Jun 05 2020 08:48 PM

Top boxing trainer Freddie Roach said he wouldn't be surprised if Manny Pacquiao goes after Gennady Golovkin.

"There are always good fights out there. The one thing about Manny is he doesn’t want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys," Roach in an article posted on The Sun website. 

"The thing is Manny maybe might want to go a little higher and fight GGG (Golovkin) or one of those guys who is supposed to be one of the best in the world today."

If indeed Pacquiao goes after the Kazakh boxing star, that means he might have to climb the middleweight class (160 pounds).

Roach said it is not something he would recommend for his prized pupil, preferring somebody near Pacquiao's size.

"Mikey Garcia has called him out a couple of times, I think that’s a good fight for him, of course," Roach said.

However, the coach acknowledged letting Pacquiao fight Oscar dela Hoya at welterweight was unthinkable many years ago.
"I would not advise him to go 160 lbs, that would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 lbs was a risk at one time," Roach said.

"To fight the biggest guys at 147 lbs with the money, it made good sense to all of us to fight the great Oscar . . . It was a great deal and it worked out really well for us."

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