MANILA, Philippines—Freddie Roach may not be the main man in Manny Pacquiao’s corner, but no one man knows the boxing legend any better.
The partnership started in 2001 and was slowly rekindled in 2019 saw Pacquiao become one of the all-time greats winning titles from the super bantamweight to the light-middleweight divisions, and now Roach is predicting that the Pacman could very well move up to another weight class against a foe who’s become one of the pound-for-pound sensations of the 2010s.
In an interview with DAZN’s Boxing With Chris Mannix, the Hall of Fame trainer said that Pacquiao is better off fighting IBF World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin instead of defending his WBA Super World welterweight title against Mikey Garcia.
“One thing about Manny, he doesn’t just want to beat anybody he wants to beat the best out there,” said Roach in the interview. “He wants to fight the top guys. I like that fight.”
Pacquiao’s chief trainer now is childhood friend Buboy Fernandez but Roach is still an influential voice in the boxer’s corner.
A fight against Golovkin is certainly an alluring prospect for Pacquiao who was already in a league of his own when he became a World champion in seven weight classes when he defeated Miguel Cotto for the WBO welterweight title in 2009, and he has since become an eight-division champion after defeating Antonio Margarito for the WBC super welterweight strap in 2010.
“But the thing is, Manny might want to go a little bit higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who’s supposed to be the best. I would not advise him to go to 160 pounds, no. That would be a little crazy. But putting him at