HOLLYWOOD – Freddie Roach believes Manny Pacquiao is capable of pulling off a decisive win against Timothy Bradley nine days before their World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title rematch.
Otherwise, the boxing superstar should consider retirement.
“I think we have to think about maybe retirement,” Roach candidly said about the scenario of Pacquiao failing to score a convincing victory against the very same man who beat him in a controversial manner two years ago.
The great trainer who has been in Pacquiao’s corner since 2001 said the Filipino southpaw obviously beat Bradley in their 2012 fight, noting how the Pacman easily handled the unbeaten American notwithstanding the disputable split decision he managed to eke out in one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing.
And he sees no reason why Pacquiao can’t do it again against the reigning champion from Palm Springs, California.
”I think he should dominate this guy. I’m not a big fan of Bradley. I don’t think he’s a great fighter,” said the Hall of Fame trainer.
But an unimpressive win for the eight-time world champion could mean re-assessing what’s the next best thing to do for the 35-year-old former top pound-for-pound fighter, according to Roach, not excluding the possibility of hanging his gloves for good.
“We have to see how the fight goes, digest it, and then go from there. Is it in his (Pacquiao) best interest to keep him fighting there or not?” Roach, 55, said.
The Wild Card gym owner said Pacquiao’s attitude in training remains the same, but added, “the thing is, if he shows up in the fight, that’s really important. It doesn’t show in the gym, but in the fight, it (wear and tear) will show for sure.”
Roach said it also hurt him seeing Pacquiao decline as an elite fighter, and therefore, would not allow others to use a declining Pacman as their springboard to success.
“I don’t want Manny to become a stepping stone, that’s one thing I won’t let him do,” he said. “He’s the best fighter of his era and all of a sudden, people will be using him (as stepping stone). I won’t let that happen.”