Roach says Marquez deserves 4th installment


Posted at Nov 13 2011 05:29 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2011 04:52 PM

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao's trainer, speaks at a post-fight news conference following Pacquiao's majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 13, 2011 (Manila time). REUTERS
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s boxing coach, Freddie Roach, admitted that Juan Manuel Marquez fought a good fight against the Filipino champion.

He thinks the Mexican champion deserves another rematch.

"He's given us problems three times now and he's very good at what he does," Roach told Sports Illustrated. "He deserves a rematch."

He, however, asserted Marquez wasn’t robbed of the win.

Two judges favored Pacquiao in the latest fight, giving the Filipino champion a majority decision.

Judge Robert Hoyle saw the fight 114-114, while Glenn Trowbridge and Dave Moretti gave it to Pacquiao by 116-112 and 115-113, respectively.

Roach said Marquez stayed in counterpunching mode during the last few rounds.

This, he said, allowed Pacquiao to escape with the win.

"The fight was there for there for Marquez," said Roach.

"But he chose to stay in that counterpunching mode and not come forward and if I'm going to give a close round to someone I'm going to give it to the aggressor," he added.

But the Filipino champion himself admitted that he had a hard time against Marquez.

"I have to accept that it's not too easy to fight Marquez," said Pacquiao. "He's always backing off, he's waiting for me to create action [so he can] counter. It's not easy."