Roach: Pacquiao will be the one to choose his final opponent

  • Roach says Pacquiao will decide who he wants to fight
  • He wants to check his ward’s shoulder before the planned fight
  • Pacquiao wants his final boxing match no later than April 9

Coach Freddie Roach revealed that his longtime ward Manny Pacquiao will be the one to choose his opponent for his final match which will happen no later than April 9 next year.

The Hall of Fame boxing trainer told Boxing Scene: “Manny told me he will be the one to decide whom he wants to fight and when he’s ready to fight.”

Roach has one concern though — he wants to check his ward’s shoulder before allowing him to step back inside the boxing ring and fight.

He said: “I want to look at that arm first.”

Veteran boxing promoter and Top Rank, Inc. founder and CEO Bob Arum previously revealed the names of the Filipino boxing icon’s potential opponents.

As of now, there are three names on their list; Terrence Crawford, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley, but Arum admitted Pacquiao wanted to have Juan Manuel Marquez as his last opponent in the ring.

The promoter counted Marquez out because he believes the Mexican boxer won’t be easily convinced since he is doing pretty well with his own finances.

In a previous interview, he disclosed that Pacquiao is willing to fight anybody, but wants the best deal.

“Manny’s willing to fight anybody, but he wants the best deal. We went over the fights that can make him the most money,” he said.

However, Pacquiao recently revealed in a live video chat on his Facebook page that his camp is negotiating with Mayweather’s camp for a possible rematch, which the latter has denied.

According to an article published by GMA News Online, Mayweather said what Pacquiao said is totally false.

“It’s totally false. I’m not fighting anymore,” as said in a text message to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

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