Freddie Roach Calls For Pacquiao Vs. Inoue

Freddie Roach has entertained the idea of Manny Pacquiao facing Naoya Inoue.

The comments arrived in the aftermath of Inoue’s eighth-round stoppage over Stephen Fulton to become the new WBO and WBC super-bantamweight champion.

And in doing so, Inoue became a four-division champion. His speed, power and footwork drew comparisons with Manny himself. So much so that the latter praised his performance on social media.

Although Pacquiao is an eight-division champion with nothing else to prove, Roach’s comments suggested that the 44-year-old would be open to such a bout.

“I would like to see it. I think Pacquiao could still get ready for that. He’d have to move up a little bit, 135,” Roach

And yet, Manny’s last fight was a loss to Yordenis Ugas in 2021 showing that he was not the fighter that he used to be. Therefore, having an exhibition would appear more likely than facing a younger, fresher fighter.

In addition, expecting Inoue to move up to 135 is arguably unrealistic. So for now, a fight is some way off.

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