Mikey Garcia Wants Manny Pacquiao
After his July 1st surprising loss to Joe Horn, many think it is time for Manny Pacquiao to retire. One person who doesn’t think that is the 38 year old Pacquiao who is exercising his rematch clause for a second fight with Horn.
Another person who thinks that the Filipino star isn’t ready for retirement is his longtime trainer Freddie Roach. Roach spoke to
After all the ‘Pac Man’ is 38 years old and versus Horn on July 1st he started to really show physical erosion after years of tough battles inside the ring.
Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) walked away with a very unexpected twelve round unanimous decision to capture Pacquiao’s belt at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
There was a rematch clause, which Pacquiao is exercising.
But when Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach was asked by Boxing Scene if the Horn rematch would be the end for the hall of fame caliber fighter
“Not necessarily. I think we’ll do well in the fight and if he retires I’ll be happy for him. He’s getting close to the end, of course. But there’s a couple of guys out there that have made a little noise bout fighting him.”
One of those names that Roach would love to have Pacquiao fight is three division champion Mikey Garcia
“Mikey Garcia came here [to the Wild Card Boxing Club] and asked if we’d fight him – I’d love to see that fight.”
Garcia, coming off of a victory over Adrien Broner in Brooklyn is the reigning WBC lightweight champion.
Currently, Pacquiao has a record of 59-7-2 (38 KO’s) and a burgeoning political career in his homeland which in recent years have made it difficult for him to fully concentrate on the sport.
“We’ll see,” said Roach. “But at this point it’s just fight-by-fight because he’s towards the end of his career, yes, but I don’t think its quite at the end, yet.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene