Freddie Roach Doesn’t Want A Tune-Up For Manny, Would Rather Get To The Fifth Fight Right Away

It appears that Manny Pacquiao’s legendary trainer Freddie Roach is not happy with the possibility of an April tune-up fight for his star pupil. As most of you know,  Top Rank’s Bob Arum had suggested that Paquiao and Marquz fight on the same car sometime in April, tune-up fights as he proposed, before meeting for the fifth time in September.

Most boxing fans and columnists agree that aside from that benefit of earning an extra paycheck for Arum, this would be a terrible idea for both fighters. Aside from the possibility of losing their fights, both men would have to push their bodies to yet another limit, and as age and physiology goes, there is risk in that as well.

Freddie Roach had the following to say on this subject in recent interview with FightHub TV:

“They’re talking about an April fight… with him and Marquez on the show together against different opponents, and then a rematch in September. That’s being negotiated right now. The thing is, I don’t really want the tune-up fight. I would rather just go straight into the fifth fight. I don’t think a guy of Pacquiao’s level needs a tune-up fight. Thing is, he’s going to get right back on the horse. The first thing he said to me after the fight was, ‘We need to do it one more time,’” stated Roach.


I happen to agree with Roach that neither Pacquiao nor Marquez require any fights in-between. Both are top level professionals, and I think that both are financially stable without the need of another unnecessarily risky payday.

We know that Pacquiao wants this fight, and I believe that Marquez does as well. So what is the point of wasting precious time?

If both fighters want to fight sooner than September, that’s fine, make it so. As long as they have the proper amount of time to prepare for the bout, there is no better time to sell the fight, as it will sell itself better than any of the previous ones.

“The number five is going to be the biggest seller ever in boxing,” Roach added.


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What If Pacquiao vs. Marquez V Ended In a Draw ? (If The Fight Ever Takes Place)

Where would Pacquiao be without Marquez, and vice versa?


If you give it some thought, you will realize just how lucky we are that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez happen to be active boxing champions during the same boxing era. Each one of their four fights was not only exhilarating, but pumped the boxing fans with hope for another one. Now, after the fourth fight, after the invincible Manny Pacquiao suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of his three-time rival Juan Manuel Maruqez, another fifth fight looms.


As far as we know, according to numerous recent reports and rumors, Manny Pacquiao will cross the ropes come September 2013, and  I am pretty sure that Marquez will be right there across the ring staring at him as his opponent once again. Is the fifth fight justified? Undoubtedly so. Why would anyone refuse an action filled fight with tremendous significance and a guaranteed worth for the money?


But as I think more about the possibility of their next battle, another question makes its way into my mind: what if Manny wins via a knockout? Or worse, what if the fight ends in a draw?


While this may seem nearly impossible or farfetched, I believe that anything is feasible with these two. After the first three fights, it seemed like the fans were done with their rivalry, wanting something new. Still, Bob Arum put in the time and the effort to organize the # IV. Many boxing fans were disappointed with this decision, and vowed not to tune in.


Well, if you didn’t tune in, I assume you understand that it was one of the biggest mistakes you have ever made as a boxing fan. Of course there are numerous ways to watch the fight later on, but watching it live, maybe in a crowd of fellow boxing fans is not the same as sitting at home alone on your couch.


Now, after I have taken some time to ask boxing fans whether they are excited at the possibility of a fifth fight, and searching through various boxing forums for the same answer, it is clear that the faith and the excitement has been restored, and the people want Pacquaio and Marquez to meet one more time.


Some want their Pacquiao to prove that his loss was a fluke by knocking out Marquez this time around, while others are excited to see the new Marquez send Manny to the canvas yet again.


In any case, the fifth fight has the fans’ blessing. And now I know that if Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez VI happens to take place sometime in the distant future, it will sell out and prove to be a successful PPV again. When a Filipino superstar is fighting a Mexican superstar, these two countries are tuning in to see their hero fight for his people. Demand will be there, the money will be there, and as long as the brutality of the fights pleases the fans, both Pacquiao and Marquez could be intertwined for a couple more years to come.


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Freddie Roach: “I told him that I think he should come back around September and he agreed with me.”

It appears as though Manny Pacquiao has decided to listen to Freddie Roach and is taking time off from boxing until September of 2013.

“April is too soon after a knockout like that. We spoke about his next fight. I told him that I think he should come back around September and he agreed with me,” stated Freddie Roach in a recent interview.

When that time comes, I have a feeling that he will once again meet his all time rival Juan Manuel Marquez for the fifth time. While we all know that Marquez’s wife does not want him to fight again, he will. Marquez is a fighter, a breed of a man that born for boxing, and it is the only thing that his heart knows. With a tremendous paycheck attached to the challenge and the love of the sport, Marquez will cross those ropes again.

“The way I look at it, I don’t see doing it before September because with the election in May you can’t do a June fight. I don’t want to do a summer fight, and so September is the best possible day. And because Marquez is Mexican, we can do it on Mexican Independence weekend (mid-September),” said Bob Arum.

Looks like Arum is convinced that Marquez and Manny are going to be each other’s nightmare once again, and is talking about the fight (date, location) as if it’s already being negotiated.

I assume that fighting Marquez is now Pacquiao’s main priority, as he needs to put the knockout to rest by returning the favor. Even if the Mayweather Jr. fight had come up and was a viable option, still Pacquiao would pick Marquez, and this would be the right choice in my opinion.


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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Is Leaving Freddie Roach For Beristain Or Garcia

Slowly but surely, Freddie Roach is being abandoned by his cream-of-the-crop customers. First it was Amir Khan who decided that his loss to Danny Garcia was not entirely his fault, and traded in Roach for Andre Ward’s coach Virgil Hunter.

Now, according to, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is following suit. Looks like he will no longer be trained by Freddie Roach after his loss to Sergio Martinez, and is now looking at working with either Juan Manuel Marquez’s trainer Nacho Beristain, or Doanire’s coach Robert Garcia.

While I am not necessarily sure that these fighters are losing because Freddie Roach is doing something wrong, it is their choice who they hire, and it in a way, its it interesting to see how another training approach could change a fighter. What if Chavez Jr. loses his next fight? Will he be looking for yet another replacement?

While I understand why fighters do this, I am curious whether one loss is really enough to make such a drastic change.

One thing for sure: no matter what happens, Manny Pacquiao will never replace his coach and one of his best friends for any reason.

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Bernard Hopkins On Pacquiao: “I Don’t Think He Will Ever Be The Pacquiao That He Was”

In a recent interview with Jim Rome of Showtime, Bernard Hopkins touched on the topic of Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV, and what the knockout could mean for Manny’s future.

“That’s the type of punch that takes more than one fight out of you. It takes a couple of fights out of you. It’s one of those types of knockouts that you can recover from in life, but I don’t think you can recover fully in the sport. That was a devastating knockout that has a long-term effect. I know when you see a guy get knocked out and hit in that way, they are considered damaged goods and they live up to that title,” said Hopkins.

Is Pacquiao damaged goods? Only time will tell. Personally, I think that it depends on the psychological health of the person in question. Pacquiao seems to be very calm, down-to-earth person, thus I don’t see him being completely devastated for a long time after his loss.

On the other hand there are plenty of examples where a fighter never looked the same after a knockout, but I could also name a few that did come back to become better and more successful fighters.

Hopkinsis of course a well respected and certainly seasoned champion, but because he has never been knocked out, his opinion is only observational, and limited at that. Pacquiao has nothing to prove at this point in his career, and even losing a fight doesn’t belittle his career achievements in boxing.

“I would advise him to grab his wife and kids and take a long vacation. Take a long year off. Regroup physically, mentally, spiritually and then you make the decision there. Truthfully, it was such a devastating knockout that I don’t think he will ever be the Pacquiao that he was,” concluded Hopkins.

When it comes to advising Pacquiao to take a long vacation, I would agree. I think Manny needs to take some time to himself and spend it with family and friends. Maybe take a trip somewhere, and simply forget politics and boxing, enjoying the simpler things in life.

As far as taking an entire year off, this I don’t think would be the best decision. I can see Manyy staying away until next summer, or possibly early fall, but taking too long of a hiatus could be a damaging thing to do. Manny is not only great at boxing, but he is also in love with the sport. Not fighting is not an option for him, and as Freddie Roach had advised, he shouldn’t fight in April or May, but stay away for a bit longer.

When Bernard stated that he doesn’t believe that we will ever see the same Pacquiao as he was before, he is not taking into consideration that Pacquiao is not your average fighter. His dedication and self esteem is all that will be required for him to bounce back. Physically he is still as good as he ever was, and with a good fight to come back to, I think Roach and Manny will impress.

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