Roach sees Mayweather-Pacquiao fight as impossible
By Allan Fox: After comments made by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer this week that he’ll not be working with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum in the future in making fights between the two promotional companies, trainer Freddie Roach now seems to finally realize that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. likely won’t be happening in the future.
Instead of that huge fight, Roach sees Pacquiao have to be satisfied with facing the winner of the May 17th fight between Mike Alvarado and Juan Manuel Marquez.
“There’s a fight in Los Angeles, at The Forum, between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado on May 17, and the winner is a natural opponent next for Manny,” Roach said. “We’d love to fight Floyd Mayweather next, but at this point it seems next to impossible, with the promoters and the networks further apart. I’d like Marquez next; we owe him something. I hope he wains, and he should win that fight against Alvarado.”
Mayweather can do anything he wants due to him not being one of Golden Boy’s fighters, but he doesn’t seem to have much of any interest in fighting Pacquiao whether he’s fighting good or bad. It doesn’t matter if Pacquiao is fighting in top form or not, he’s just not going to get the fight against Mayweather. Obviously the promoter and network cold war doesn’t help matter, but it’s something that wouldn’t stop the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight if Mayweather truly wanted this fight.
You can’t assume anything about Marquez at this point in his career because he’s coming off of a disappointing performance in his last fight against former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley last October in losing a 12 round split decision. Marquez looked like he’d lost something from his previous fight against Manny Pacquiao in December of 2012.
If Marquez isn’t able to find his way back to that level, then it’s quite possible that the younger and stronger Alvarado will beat him. Alvarado will be stronger for this fight due to it taking place at 147, and he’s very good at moving around the ring and fighting in explosive bursts. As long as Alvarado doesn’t run out of gas and stand still in front of Marquez for anything length of time, Alvarado should have a very good chance of winning this fight against the soon to be 41-year-old Marquez.