LOS ANGELES - Freddie Roach has watched the tape of the fight just once, sitting down and absorbing everything that happened that fateful Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) in Vegas when Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold by rival Juan Manuel Marquez with one dynamite right.
And the sight of his prized boxer who he treats like a son dropping like a log on the mat, then lying face first unconscious for one moment, was simply too much to bear for the Hall of Fame trainer who admits losing sleep in the days after what he described as a "scary" defeat.
“I just sat down and swallowed what happened (that night),” he recalled.
Roach said a rematch with Marquez is among the options available for the `Pacman.’ Former world champion Brandon Rios could also be in the running, and so is Floyd Mayweather Jr., he added.
But he put his foot down and said he finds no need for a tune-up fight where Pacquiao will be pitted against a "bum," just so he can get his bearing and confidence back in the ring.
“I don’t think that’s necessary at this stage. I don’t think he needs to fight a bum,” he said.