Freddie Roach predicts Mayweather v Pacquiao trilogy

Nick Giongco 14/03/2015

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Freddie Roach believes Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are going to fight each other not just once, but two or three times.

Regardless of what happens in the first fight on May 2 in Las Vegas, Roach points out that there’s nothing as big as their matchup on the horizon.

“There’s going to be nothing bigger than this (matchup) and that’s what I am afraid of,” said Roach during a sit-down interview on Thursday right after Pacquiao’s intense training.

Mayweather is guaranteed $120 million and Pacquiao $80 million apart from their respective cuts in the pay-per-view and Roach feels they ought to do it at least twice.

The two fighters are likewise in the tail-end of successful careers and Roach wouldn’t mind seeing Pacquiao close out his in a blaze of glory.

Roach says there’s simply nothing down the road for Pacquiao and even Mayweather than agreeing to meet towards the end of the year.

Mayweather has two more fights remaining in his six-bout contract with CBS-Showtime and it is but fitting that he caps it with another megabuck fight.

Without each other, the most recognizable out there is British Amir Khan, who has reached the level of a solid attraction but nonetheless remains lacking in global appeal to ignite a media frenzy like Pacquiao and Mayweather did.

The last few years, Mayweather’s top-flight victims include Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and Miguel Cotto, while Pacquiao’s list has Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and De La Hoya, Mosley and Hatton as well.

Still, Roach thinks fans go to see him fight live and on PPV not to root for him but see him lose.

“I remember one time when he fought Robert Guerrero and there were a group of Asian fans at ringside sleeping and people were taking pictures of them instead of seeing him fight,” added Roach.

Besides, Roach won’t even buy Mayweather’s PPV against somebody other than Pacquiao “even for ten cents.”

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks