Pacquiao running out of opponents, says Roach


Posted at Oct 25 2011 04:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2011 07:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is running out of possible opponents, according to his coach, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.

In an interview with The Philippine Star, Roach said there are very few options left for Pacquiao at this point in his career, but they are still hoping for a fight against undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"Obviously, everyone wants Mayweather. Of course, we're all getting a little tired of hearing his name because he doesn't want to fight Manny. But hopefully, that fight will happen."

Roach says a fight with Mayweather has the potential to become a trilogy because of the interesting match-up.

"It cold be the last three fights for Manny, if the fight goes as we see it because they're both very, very good fighters," he added.

Another potential bout may be against junior welterweight champion Amir "King" Khan, who is a good friend of Pacquiao and another of Roach's fighters.

"My two fighters are really friendly with each other. I don't think they'll ever fight but the thing is, we're running out of opponents and you can never say never in this game," Roach said.

Khan recently refuted rumors that there was tension between his camp and the Pacquiao camp. "Me and Manny Pacquiao will not fight, we are friends and don't believe rumors. We have been training together today and everything was fine," he said in his Twitter account.

Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz and WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley were also mentioned as possible opponents for Pacquiao.

Roach has expressed his disappointment over a potential Pacquiao-Bradley fight, as he does not believe Bradley is big enough a star to merit a fight with Pacquiao.

"He's got to earn a fight with Manny. Bradley's not well known. It's premature to even consider him fighting Manny," Roach said.

Pacquiao will face Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez for their trilogy bout on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.