Roach Thinks Pacquiao Scares Mayweather
Freddie Roach reiterates that he thinks a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather isn’t possible — because he thinks Pacquiao’s performance against Keith Thurman may have scared Mayweather off.
Pacquiao defeated Thurman by split decision last week to win the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship. It was a widely-praised performance for the legendary eight-division world champion, who dropped Thurman in the first round and never really lost control, nearly finishing “One Time” off late in the fight.
Roach originally promised that Pacquiao would call Mayweather out for a rematch of their 2015 encounter, which Mayweather won by decision. Such a callout never happened despite Mayweather being present at the fight, however, and Roach walked his original comments back stating they needed to see what was out there for Pacquiao.
Now, Roach is again stating he doesn’t think a Mayweather-Pacquiao II — which has been rumored for the better part of about a year now — will happen. He further claims Mayweather may have been taken back by how Pacquiao looked against Thurman.
“Mayweather seems to be a little evasive,” Roach said. “He was real quiet. He didn’t stay at the fight after the decision was announced and call anyone out like he usually does. I think Manny scared him a little with that performance.”
Earlier this week, Mayweather and Pacquiao exchanged words on social media, with Mayweather claiming Pacquiao is a “chaser” and Pacquiao claiming Mayweather is using his name to stay relevant.
Original Story: Boxing Scene