GOLD COAST, Australia — Manny Pacquiao didn't exactly get a failing grade from Freddie Roach in his unanimous decision loss to Jeff Horn, but the champion trainer will nonetheless sit down and talk to the boxing legend on what the future lies ahead.
Roach said he'll give Pacquiao a piece of his mind in the aftermath of the fighter's latest career setback at the hands of Horn, who dethroned him of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown on Sunday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
"I'm gonna talk to him and give my take about it, " said Roach, who flew straight to Los Angeles from here.
"But he actually didn't fight badly."
The 57-year-old trainer believed his long-time fighter did well in some of the rounds especially in the ninth when Pacquiao appeared on the verge of knocking out the fast-fading Horn.
Unfortunately, the Filipino southpaw, fighting with blood dripping from a cut on each side of the head, failed to finish off the former London Olympian.
"I just told Manny give me one more of them and the fight's over, it's done," recalled Roach of the crucial round. "He just couldn't do it. We lost the decision."
While he felt there's still some fights left in the 38-year-old Senator and fighter, Roach believes he has to do it by just concentrating on a single interets - either politics or boxing.
"It just depends on what he wants," he said. "I think maybe being a senator, being a fighter. Both is maybe too much," said the Hall of Famer trainer.