Roach eager for Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

Pacquiao continues to touch lives outside of the boxing ring

Los Angeles, United States-Trainer Freddie Roach said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) he hopes Manny Pacquiao can set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino legend takes care of business against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas this month. Floyd is not active anymore.' The 40-year-old is fighting Keith Thurman on July 20 for the WBA super welterweight title.

Despite having zero knockout wins in his previous fights, eight-division title holder Manny Pacquiao believes his next fight against WBA welterweight champ Keith Thurman will not last 12 rounds. He said alltraining camps are the same for him, which implies that nothing special is needed to be done in training for Thurman.

"How can I not Babe Ruth it and step up to the plate, point and start swinging. I don't like making predictions but I don't see this one going the distance". I've got an "0" and I'm not afraid to let it go.

"The reality is that I have not noticed my age, God has blessed me with good health, I could continue fighting", Pacquiao said.

"This is going to be an interesting fight, I have not so focused for a fight like I am right now, his words even made my mother angry, that's why I'm motivated and focused".

"It is what it is. And he's a bad man".

Manny Pacquiao distanced himself from a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, insisting the "Money Man" should stay retired if he can not fight at an elite level anymore.

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Pacquiao, who mixes a political career as a senator in the Philippines with professional boxing, laughed off Thurman's threats of annihilation.

"Kailangang pigilan kasi baka masunog (We had to hold him down because he might burn himself out)", said Neri, who will serve in the corner alongside Buboy Fernandez and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and, if necessary, cutman Mike Rodriguez. Is Manny Pacquiao that kind of world champion?

The undefeated fighter from Clearwater, Fla., hasn't scored a stoppage since 2015, but he believes he'll end that drought at Pacquiao's expense.

"I'm destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao", Thurman said.

"He wants to prove his greatness".

"I was impressed by his performance against Adrien Broner. It's time to get one more knockout", Thurman said in an article posted on the Boxing Scene website.


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