Could Manny Pacquiao End Up Fighting Gennadiy Golovkin?
Already reaching legendary status, Manny Pacquiao has seemingly done it all. Would a move to a new division entice the 41-year-old? According to his trainer Freddie Roach, anything is possible.
Roach spoke with Chris Mannix on his “Boxing with Chris Mannix” program to talk about Pacquiao’s next steps. An eight-division champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) is the current WBA Welterweight Champion, beating Keith Thurman for the belt last July. He has held gold at lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight, and flyweight. A move to the middleweight division isn’t out of the question, especially with the right opponent.
“One thing about Manny: He doesn’t just want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys. I like that fight [versus potential next opponent Mikey Garcia],” Roach stated, via Boxing Scene.
“But the thing is, Manny might want to go a little bit higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who’s supposed to be the best. I would not advise him to go to 160 pounds, no. That would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 was a risk at one time … and it worked out really good for us.”
Golovkin (40-1-1) is a two-time middleweight champion. He started holding gold in 2010 and has held the WBC, IBF, IBO, and WBA titles. The 38-year-old is currently the IBF and IBO Middleweight Champion, beating Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the titles in October.
Pacquiao last fought around 150 pounds ten years ago, when he weighed 144.8 pounds against Antonio Margarito. Golovkin has not left his division, seemingly giving him a clear advantage. Roach had a thought in mind that the fight may not be directly at 160, but with some leeway, the bout could become a reality.
“No, I would not advise him to go to 160. Not when you’re getting old,” Roach went on to say, via Bad Left Hook. “But putting him at 147 was a risk at one time. Everyone told me, ‘Why are you moving him up to 147?’
“He can make 140 pretty easy, he can actually make 135 if he digs down. But to fight the biggest guys at 147, where the money was, it made good sense to all of us to fight the great Oscar (De La Hoya). It was a great deal and it worked out really good for us.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has a target on his back, as the welterweight division has been calling him out. Recently, Top Rank’s Bob Arum has been looking to book a fight between him and Terence Crawford.
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