Roach not eager to see Pacquiao-Marquez IV
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is not eager to see a fourth installment of the saga between his boxer, Filipino champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and his greatest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
“It’s not my favorite fight,” Roach said in an interview with ESPN. “We fought three times, Manny beat him two out of three times.”
All three fights between Pacquiao and Marquez have been controversial. They fought to a draw in their first meeting, and Pacquiao took home disputed decisions in the next two fights.
Their last meeting in November 2011 was especially controversial: Marquez, who came in as a massive underdog, surprised many at ringside as he used accurate counterpunching and crisp footwork to give Pacquiao trouble throughout the 12-round bout.
Pacquiao was given a majority decision win, however, despite many boxing pundits saying Marquez deserved the victory.
Roach now says he does not see “the point” in putting together a fourth Pacquiao-Marquez fight.
“They know each other so well. If we can’t get (Floyd) Mayweather, I don’t see why we fight Marquez again,” he said.
Marquez, for his part, is still hoping to get a fourth crack at his rival. He was supposed to return to the ring on July 14, but that fight date was cancelled as he failed to come to an agreement with his promoter over his opponent.
The Mexican wanted to fight a southpaw boxer – possibly Filipino prospect Mercito Gesta – as he believes it will help him prepare for another shot at Pacquiao.
But Roach wants to close that chapter on Pacquiao’s career. The Filipino champion is set to defend his WBO welterweight title on June 9 against unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr., and after that, Roach hopes he gets to fight Mayweather or perhaps former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios.