FREDDIE Roach admitted he regretted allowing Manny Pacquiao to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. with an injured shoulder in a May 3 showdown dubbed as the ‘Fight of the Century.’
In an interview with Radio Rahim of BoxingScene.com, Roach said he was in favor of calling off the much-awaited fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather due to the right shoulder injury the Filipino boxing hero sustained during training.
Roach, however, said he was in the minority as everyone wanted to push through with the megabuck fight that took several years to seal, for fear that it may never happen if it is postponed.
“I always regret that because I was one of the ones who wanted to cancel the fight because of the injuries,” said Roach.
“But everyone else thought that if it don’t happen now, it would not happen and there was so much money involved and so forth,” he added.
Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in 12 rounds before he finally made public that he was fighting with an injured shoulder.
In hindsight, Roach said postponing the fight would've been the better decision, as Pacquiao would have had a better chance at winning against Mayweather with a healthy shoulder.
“I know my heart was in the right place. He wasn’t going to win that fight one-handed and I think we should have waited until he was healthy and we would have had a better shot. But that’s how things go in boxing,” said Roach.