Roach: Manny-Broner Winner Probably Faces Floyd
While he prepares Manny Pacquiao for his January 19th fight against Adrien Broner, Freddie Roach gave his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather’s less than one-round win over Tenshin Nasukawa, as Roach thinks Mayweather did this to angle a comeback fight in 2019.
“I feel a hundred percent that is why he did this,” Roach told BoxingScene.com. “He wants to be on TV so badly. He misses it. He’s actually a normal person and a nice guy when you’re one-on-one, without a camera on him. But you give him a camera, he’s not the nicest guy in the world.”
Roach feels that the winner of Pacquiao’s first defense of his WBA “regular” welterweight title will see Mayweather on the other side of the ring later in the year.
“I think both guys have that in their minds,” Roach said regarding Pacquiao and Broner wanting Mayweather after their fight. “I’m sure Mayweather will wanna fight the winner of this fight. That’s why we definitely have to win this fight. We know that, and we’re ready to do that.”
“Mayweather looked really good knocking that little kid out,” Roach said of Mayweather’s drubbing of Nasukawa during the main event of RIZIN 14 in Saitama, Japan.
“The thing is, Manny needs to be impressive in this fight. I feel he’s right there. I watched tapes of his last fight and I watched it live on TV. He fought a very, very good fight – one of the best fights he’s fought in a long time. He just has to duplicate that, and that’s definitely possible.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene