03
Aug
2020

Roach: Pacquiao wins we want Mayweather, lose it could be over

Freddie Roach has outlined the importance of a victory over Jeff Horn as Manny Pacquiao heads into do-or-die territory with his title-laden career.

The multi-time Trainer of the Year sees the eight-weight world champion taking a huge risk with his reputation by taking on a lesser-known fighter in Australian contender Horn.

On the one hand, a possible second fight with the returning Floyd Mayweather is on the radar with an impressive display, whilst on the flipside, a loss could mean devastation for Pacquiao’s career.

“Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said to gathered media in Brisbane.

“With Mayweather, you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive.”

He added honestly: “If he struggles in this fight, it could be over. Depending on how he lost, I would probably encourage him to retire.”

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Despite the potential for disaster, Roach is confident Pacquiao will prove his class once again and then move on to open talks with the winner of Mayweather v Conor McGregor after the summer.

“I expect Manny’s best in this fight. I am looking for a big win here as we want to go on to bigger and better things,” outlined Roach.

It’s unclear whether Mayweather will continue his career on the back of a McGregor triumph as nobody can ever second guess with the ‘Money’ man will do next.

Gaining a nine-figure check for beating McGregor would mean either certain retirement for an option-less Mayweather, or the reviving of a rematch with Pacquiao in a bid to top his earnings from their first meeting in 2015.