Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has revealed that he would like any third super-fight with Mayweather to be a ‘professional bout’, after the American recently duelled with Logan Paul in an exhibition clash
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has revealed that his fighter would want any rematch with Floyd Mayweather to be a “professional bout”.
The Filipino legend prepares to take on late-replacement Yordenis Ugas in his ring return on Saturday night in Las Vegas, after original opponent Errol Spence was forced to withdraw from the hotly anticipated contest with an eye injury.
And despite the distraction of his latest test in the ring, Pacquiao has spoken openly about his rivalry with Mayweather in recent weeks after his exhibition clash with YouTube star Logan Paul.
But the six-weight world champion’s trainer has revealed that Pacquiao would want any renewed rivalry to be a ‘professional fight’ and also revealed another potential future option as Josh Taylor.
“We would like to fight Mayweather one more time,” Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Roach told Sky Sports.
“But exhibitions? No. Manny is not into that.”
“We are just going one fight at a time.
“The thing about Manny? He is not just going to pick some guy with a high rating because the world loves him.
“Manny wants to fight real fighters. He will challenge the best.
“Yes Josh Taylor that fight could happen for sure.”
Pacquiao has consistently defied the odds brought about from age, defeating the likes of Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas in recent years, and claimed victory in his last bout against Keith Thurman by split decision back in 2019.
Although he goes into the contest with Ugas as favourite, questions have been raised over the Filipino’s lack of preparation for an orthodox fighter, in addition to the age and reach advantage that the Cuban will possess on the night.
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But the 42-year-old has stated his ‘confidence in his preparations ahead of the fight, and is ready to unveil what he has focussed on his training camp to try and reclaim the WBA welterweight belt.
“I am excited to win another world championship on Saturday. I don’t care who has the belt right now, we’ll see who walks out of the ring with it,” Pacquiao said ahead of the bout.
“Being out of the ring has given me time to rest, but also to get motivated like in my early days. I can’t wait to display it all on fight night.
“Boxing is my passion. That’s why I’m still here giving inspiration to the boxing fans and bringing honour to my country. I’m happy doing my job and working hard. They have to try to slow me down in training, because I always want to go more rounds.
“This could be my last fight, or there could be more. I’m turning 43 in December, and my plan has always been to just go one fight at a time. I encourage the fans all over the world to watch this fight, because you never know.”
Pacquiao has been linked with the likes of Conor McGregor and Amir Khan since talks of his return to the ring began, with the hall-of-fame contender revealing that problems stopped any progress of the fight with Khan being re-made after it’s collapse over four years ago.
YouTube star Paul has weighed in on the debate between Pacquiao and Mayweather after recently sparring the Filipino stating that he was ‘glad to fight Mayweather’ in their exhibition clash.