Manny Pacquiao Update: Freddie Roach Willing to Risk Pacquiao's Health, Legacy Against Crawford
As of now, nothing has been made certain regarding who will be facing Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao next.
One thing his promoter Bob Arum made clear is that Pacquiao will continue to fight on through 2017, despite his retirement announcement in April of 2016. But according to the 84-year-old veteran promoter, he is not sure about will happen next to the eight-division world champion after this year.
"I think he'll fight at least twice more next year. After next year, I have absolutely no idea," the Top Rank Promotions head honcho told Boxingscene.com, while also clarifying that he will be flying to the Philippines to discuss Pacquiao's future plans.
After his convincing win over the younger Jessie Vargas last November 5th, Pacquiao has been given an unofficial short list of possible opponents. Listed are the names of welterweight champions Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and undefeated light welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
"Bud" last saw action last December 10th, when he faced John Molina Jr. He was able to defend both the WBC and WBO 140-pound titles by winning via eighth round TKO. Crawford was also able to improve his record to 30-0, with 21 wins by knockout. Both are top contenders.
Previously, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach was hesitant about making the fight against Crawford. But after Pacquiao's win over Vargas, the multi-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year awardee seems to be more open to the idea, despite the risks that are involved.
"We don't wanna just be fighting nobodies and so forth to stay in the game," Roach told Fight Hub TV (via the Philippine Star). "We still want to be the best. If you can't be the best in something, or if you have no dream of winning another world title, you don't need to be in this sport because you'll get hurt."
We'll have to wait and see, but something is definitely in the works. Stay tuned for a potential announcement soon. Who do you think Pacquiao should fight next?
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