Pacquiao will get to choose final foe: Roach


Posted at Oct 31 2015 07:53 PM

Manny Pacquiao. File Photo

Boxing coach Freddie Roach assured boxing fans that Manny Pacquiao will get a free hand in choosing his opponent for his farewell bout.

It is widely believed that boxing promoter Bob Arum had the final say in choosing Pacquiao's foes during his past fights.

However, since the Filipino will be fighting for the last time on April 9, the fighting congressman will get to choose for himself this time, said Roach.

''Manny told me he will be the one to decide whom he wants to fight and when he's ready to fight,'' the hall-of-fame boxing trainer told Boxing Scene.

Among those included in the shortlist are Britain's Amir Khan and Terence Crawford and Timothy Bradley of the US.

[READ: Terence Crawford wants chance to 'take torch from Manny Pacquiao']

Pacquiao's most obvious choice is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who outpointed him last May.

But Roach said he would like to check out his fighter's right arm first if it won't get in the way of their training.

The Filipino boxer claimed injuring his right shoulder blade during his skirmish with Mayweather. He has already underwent operation and seemed to have been healing fine.

''I want to look at that arm first. Normally, yes, I will see it once we get in that ring [to train]. I can sense if he's sore or if he gets tired,'' said Roach.

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