Roach says Pacquiao “can take advantage of” Mayweather

Speculation persists that WBO world welterweight champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and WBC world welterweight titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather will meet May 5 in Las Vegas at a venue to be determined.

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, earned an extremely controversial majority decision victory over WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight king “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In stark contrast to Pacquiao, Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) badly outclassed, and essentially embarrassed, Marquez (53-6-1, 38 KOs) with a shutout unanimous decision triumph in September 2009.

Pacquiao, named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), is an extremely powerful puncher with lighting-fast hands.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao’s legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, told Wednesday that he cautioned his fighter that Mayweather may possess even slightly quicker fists.

“I will bring in a whole new crew of sparring partners, guys that can imitate Floyd well,” said Roach, 51, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by (BWAA). “There isn’t a lot of guys in the world that are like Floyd, so it would be tough to find them. We would prepare for his counter punching ability, and his speed, which is maybe equal to Manny’s, if not better.”

Mayweather, a spectacular talent who has captured nine world titles in five different boxing weight classes, has essentially dominated the sport of boxing since he made his professional debut with a second round TKO victory over Roberto Apodaca in October 1996.

“Pretty Boy” is a man whose ample abilities have primarily allowed him to avoid facing adversity in the ring.

In all likelihood, Mayweather is a better boxer than Pacquiao and he would be a decided favorite if the two ever clash in the future.

Still, Roach is confident that Pacquiao could exploit Mayweather’s flaws and overcome the dominant loudmouth.

“I think we can take advantage of those habits,” said Roach. “He does have some bad habits that can be exposed.”

One of Mayweather’s “bad habits” may not actually be a visual fault.

Unlike Pacquiao, Mayweather has never been in a violent struggle and his tenacity has been questioned by some critics.

To emerge victorious over the more complete Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao “can take advantage” of his oversized heart and attempt to vanquish “Pretty Boy’s” willpower as the rounds pass.

As 42 other prizefighters have discovered, such a simple plan may be prove to be utterly complex.

Koncz: Pacquiao To Talk Mayweather, Marquez After Xmas

After the holidays, Michael Koncz, adviser to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, plans to sit down with the Filipino superstar to discuss his next opponent. There are two viable options, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who returns on May 5 in Las Vegas, and WBA/WBO lightweight beltholder Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao fought Marquez for a third time on November 12th, winning a close twelve round majority decision. Because of the close and controverial nature of the outcome, there is pressure to stage a fourth meeting with Marquez. However, there is also mounting pressure to fight Mayweather on the already scheduled May date at the MGM Grand.

Since the fight with Marquez, Koncz has not discussed any boxing related matters with Pacquiao, who returned to Manila earlier this week. The boxer is spending time with his wife and kids and doesn’t plan to discuss his next fight until after the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are over. Once the holidays are over, Koncz and Pacquiao will discuss all of the lucrative options – Mayweather, Marquez and whatever else is on the table. But, even Koncz admits Mayweather and Marquez are the two most lucrative options for Pacquiao’s next fight. Based on their discussion, Koncz will speak with Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum.

“Honestly, there’s been no discussions with Manny about boxing and we don’t plan to discuss the opponent [for 2012] until after the holidays,” said Koncz to AKTV. “[Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee] are having some quality time together.”

Bradley’s List: Pacquiao First, Mayweather, Khan, Maidana

WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is expected to return in early 2012. The undefeated champion is spending time with his family after recently making his debut under the Top Rank promotional banner.

Bradley (28-0, 12KO) stopped Joel Casamayor on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley’s fight received major media coverage because Top Rank positioned the bout in a co-feature slot to the latest entry in the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy.

The bout was his first in nearly 10 months after separating from former promoters Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing. Bradley is ready for all of the big names and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is the main target.

“I want to fight the best fighters out there. Manny Pacquiao is number one on my list. I definitely want to fight Floyd Mayweather or Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana. It doesn’t really matter. Bring ’em on. The list goes on. All comers. Bring them on,” Bradley said.
By Chris LaBate

Roach prefers Pacquiao-Floyd fight

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach prefers that his prized boxer, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, face Floyd Mayweather Jr. next instead of Juan Manuel Marquez.

After the controversial decision in the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy last Saturday, Mayweather said he was now open to fighting the Filipino champion.

“He [Floyd] has already expressed his willingness. We will not be pursuing him as we’ve been doing the past few years,” Roach said in “If we can get him [Floyd], we should take him.”

Roach, however, admitted that Pacquiao has the last say on his choice of opponent.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum earlier said he was willing to work out a rematch between Pacquiao and Marquez in light of the controversial outcome of their WBO welterweight title fight.

Pacquiao won a majority decision over the Mexican fighter in a closely-fought match.

Mayweather’s camp, on the other hand, is calling on Pacquiao to finally step up for their much anticipated superfight.

“Bob, obviously, wants Marquez on the strength of the closeness of the last fight (held Saturday at the MGM Grand) won by Manny by a majority decision. He has to talk with Manny and ask him who he prefers to face next,” Roach said.

“If Manny decides it’s Mayweather, then we will start mapping out the plans of training. If it’s Marquez, then we’ll also make plans to beat him convincingly ,” he said.

Marquez Expected To Be Better in Second Dance at 147

The numbers-crunchers fear Juan Manuel Marquez’s second welterweight fight will mirror his disappointing debut in that division.

They’re concerned that Marquez just can’t compete with top opponents above the junior welterweight limit, even if his fight Saturday night in Las Vegas will be contested at a contracted catch weight of 144 pounds, three beneath the welterweight limit.

Many of those involved in this WBO welterweight title fight disagree. They think Marquez’s third fight against Manny Pacquiao will be much more competitive and compelling than his one-sided, 12-round defeat to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. two years ago in Las Vegas.

“Mayweather is a defensive fighter,” said Bob Arum, whose company, Top Rank Inc., promotes Pacquiao and Marquez. “If you’re a counter-puncher, you lose your advantage against a defensive fighter because, as a counter-puncher, you need somebody to make the fight against you. And so I am looking forward to this fight [being] another classic.”

Mexico’s Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) insists that fighting at the highest weight of his 18-year pro had “nothing” to do with his pedestrian performance in the Mayweather mismatch.

“I think it had everything to do with his style,” Marquez said. “He’s a defensive fighter, who doesn’t like to engage. He’ll never fight and it’s difficult to make him fight, [because] he’s so good. The styles, with Manny, it’ll make for a great fight.”

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, doesn’t think the 38-year-old Marquez’s skills have deteriorated all that much, certainly not to the degree the wide odds suggest. He obviously expects Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) to win, but he doesn’t anticipate an easy fight.

“I’m not so sure how much he’s slipped,” Roach said. “He didn’t look great against Mayweather, but Mayweather’s a talented guy. You have to take that into consideration.”

Pacquiao is about an 8-1 favorite as the HBO Pay-Per-View main event approaches, but Roach added, “We won’t underestimate him at all.”

By: Keith Idec

On different paths

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel is aware that the process of making a dream fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is very complicated. That said, Valcarcel believes that the best option, for the meantime, would be a fight with WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley or IBF Jr. Welterweight champion Amir Khan.

Precisely, Bradley will be part of the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard, when he defends his WBO title against Cuban Joel Casamayor.

For Valcarcel, a rematch between Pacquiao and the WBA Jr. Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, who Pacquiao defeated by TKO in 2009, is unlikely

Cotto is currently preparing to defend his title in a rematch against Antonio Margarito on December 3 in New York City.

“The fight should be against Mayweather, but the path to making the fight happen is complicated, although Bob Arum is an artist of negotiations. But there are a lot of people involved. Inpites of Mayweather being his own promoter, he still has some agreements with Golden Boy. There are many promoters involved in this process”, stated Valcarcel

“I think Timothy Bradley and even Amir Khan are two good options for Pacquiao, once he gets past Marquez. I don’t see Cotto as an option, but I don’t disregard him totally”.

Article by: Carlos Narváez Rosario, EL VOCERO  November 8, 2011

Bradley: I’ll Fight Mayweather, Khan, Manny, Anyone!

This past Saturday afternoon, Santa Anita Park hosted legendary Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and two of his fighters, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, who took part in a media workout where all three met with members of the horse racing and boxing media and also chatted with fans and signed autographs.  WBO Junior welterweight champion Bradley will be taking on Joel Casamayor in a twelve round world title fight as part of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III undercard on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bradley is focused on Casamayor, because a win will place him in line for the big fights in 2012. Bradley wants them all, Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and even junior welterweight rival Amir Khan. There has been a lot of talk about a possible fight with Pacquiao in 2012. Bradley is picking Pacquiao to defeat Marquez, and he already sees a few exposable flaws in the Filipino boxer.

“I’ll take Manny in this fight (against Marquez). Manny just has too much size on him. I think it’s going to be a great fight. I’d have to fight a perfect fight to beat (Pacquiao) but I’ve seen weaknesses that I know I could expose and would win that fight. I’ll fight Mayweather right now. I’ll fight Manny. I’ll fight Khan. I’ll fight whoever they put in my way. I don’t care who it is. Just bring them on.”


By Pawel Pronishev