Does Manny agree with Fred­die Roach?

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - RECAH TRINIDAD

Fred­die Roach, the fa­mous Amer­i­can trainer who pushed Manny Paquiao all the way to full su­per­star­dom, says he wants the leg­endary Filipino war­rior to do a re­match with WBO wel­ter­weight cham­pion Jeff Horn—then hang up his gloves.

Noth­ing new there. It was not the first time Roach had voiced that wish for Pac­quiao, the only eight-di­vi­sion world ti­tle win­ner in box­ing.

There was more ur­gency in what Roach told ESPN De­portes over the week­end: “I hope he (Pac­quiao) goes for­ward with that fight, and af­ter that, he re­tires.”

First things first: Does Pac­quiao hon­estly want to fight on?

Next: Would Pac­quiao, who claimed he had been set up in that los­ing stand against Horn, still care to return to Aus­tralia?

It would help if they could get Pac­quiao’s side on the Roach pro­posal.

———— So far, there has been no re­ported con­ver­sa­tion or di­a­logue be­tween Roach and Pac­quiao af­ter the fight­ing Filipino se­na­tor lost his WBO crown to Horn in Bris­bane last July.

Based on a postcham­pi­onship dugout re­port, Pac­quiao and Roach failed to talk to each other. The beaten Filipino su- per­hero stood be­fore the mir­ror at­tend­ing to his hairdo, while Roach stayed at a dis­tance and cooled his heels in­side the dress­ing room.

Any­way, it was re­ported later that Pac­quiao had agreed to do a re­match (last Sept. 12) in Bris­bane.

How­ever, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum would next re­port that Pac­quiao had sud­denly pulled out.

———— There are two sides to the pro­posed re­match.

One side says Horn ur­gently needs the fight in or­der to cul­mi­nate his cham­pi­onship vic­tory, which con­tin­ued to be ques­tioned by var­i­ous sec­tors.

Par­don this, but there are also ex­perts who felt Roach needed the re­match in or­der to clear the land­scape. These ex­perts felt that the Pac­quiao-Horn fight could’ve gone ei­ther way; un­for­tu­nately Roach, who in­sisted on a KO fin­ish, was clearly out­plot­ted and out­classed by Glenn Rush­ton, the mil­lion­aire trainer who molded ob­scure Horn, a for­mer school­teacher, into a world-class boxer.

———— (AMAZED: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump stood and ap­plauded the splen­did pre­sen­ta­tion by se­lect Filipino artists dur­ing the Asean Sum­mit gala din­ner at MOA in Pasay City on Sun­day. Among the per­form­ers was the mul­ti­awarded Man­daluy­ong Chil­dren’s Choir of City Mayor Menchie Aba­los. Mabuhay!)

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