Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has played down reports that promoter Bob Arum is set to seal a fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2015 and says a world title challenge at 140 could be on the horizon for his fighter.
Pacquiao, 35, has decided to fight at 144lbs for his upcoming clash with Chris Algieri and is ready to move back down to light-welterweight if a bout with Mayweather fails to materialize for the umpteenth time.
Danny Garcia is the current unified ruler of the lower division, but is said to be contemplating a move up to 147 himself, although would probably stay put if a fight with Pacquiao came calling next year.
“I’ve been waiting three-and-a-half years for this (Mayweather) fight. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said Roach in Macau.
“Arum says it might happen but can they deliver Mayweather? I don’t think so. You know, if it was going to happen I think it would have happened by now. I want it to happen as badly as you guys.
“If Manny feels good in this fight at 144 then I think his next fight will be at 140 because he makes 140 very easily. First fight back? Danny Garcia. That’s my personal opinion,” he added.
First up for Pacquiao is a relatively unknown quantity in the rangy and undefeated Algieri at Cotai Arena on Saturday – where any slip-up would be a disaster for the Filipino at this point in his career.
Rumours that Mayweather is ready to negotiate for a long-awaited encounter with the ‘Pacman’ would be put to bed once and for all with a defeat, although the smart money this weekend seems to be on an impressive stoppage for the eight-weight world champion – which would be Pacquiao’s first in five years.
Manny Pacquiao v Chris Algieri is live on BoxNation in the UK on November 22 (into November 23) at 1.30am. To subscribe click BoxNation. US viewers can see the fight on HBO PPV