MACAU – Freddie Roach has one fervent wish if and when a fifth fight between Filipino protégé Manny Pacquiao and Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez is ever made.
The Hall of Fame trainer wants it to be done right in the lions’ den – in Mexico City.
“That’s my dream,” was Roach’s curt reply when asked about the possibility of the two rivals going at each other again following their classic welterweight showdown last December that saw Marquez scoring a vicious sixth-round knockout against Pacquiao.
Roach, who is in this former Portuguese colony for the Brian Viloria-Juan Francisco Estrada world flyweight title bout, believes staging the next chapter of the Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry at the heart of one of the most passionate boxing countries in the world is going to be a sure blockbuster.
More so should the 34-year-old Pacquiao get even and score a victory against his longtime rival.
Unfortunately, Top Rank Promotions’ chairman Bob Arum appears to have other things in mind.
While Arum has already declared that a US fight for Pacquiao’s ring comeback is "very slim," the veteran boxing promoter appears to be leaning towards staging another major boxing card in this former Portuguese colony by the second week of September to be headlined by the Filipino boxing star.
The 79-year-old veteran boxing promoter was easily charmed by this country of half a million people which this early, Arum is already predicting to become the next boxing capital of the world.