Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Freddie Roach Thinks Filipino Champ Will Easily Beat Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 03/14/17 04:46PM EDT
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Manny Pacquiao was supposed to face Amir Khan in Dubai, but the fight was called, leading to speculations that he could end up facing Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman.(Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keith Thurman outpointed a frustrated Danny Garcia in their latest fight. Regardless of who among the two boxers Manny Pacquiao ends up with, coach Freddie Roach is optimistic that it would not matter because the Filipino boxing icon will be too much for both Garcia and Thurman.

In an interview with BoxingScene, Roach noted how unimpressive both fighters were in their recent match. While there were doubts about the decision, the Hall of Fame trainer said that he thinks Thurman really won the close match.

"I thought Thurman won the early rounds and then gave some of the late rounds to Garcia and it made it a pretty close fight," he said. "But overall I thought Thurman did win the fight. And you know it looks like maybe two future opponents for Manny Pacquiao."

Garcia's dad, Angel, was so disgusted with the results of the fight that he advised his son to just walk way from boxing. He said the judges should not reward a boxer like Thurman who did nothing but run away from his son. For his part, Danny Garcia was more graceful in his defeat.

He said that if Pacquiao ends up fighting Thurman it would be a no contest. Even at 37 years old, he said Pacman is still faster and a "much better boxer than he is." In fact, he thinks that "it's an easy fight" for the former pound-for-pound king.

If Pacquiao will fight Garcia, he would even have an easier time. "I always said that from day one, ever since he beat Amir Khan - 'please fight Manny Pacquiao.' Manny will out-box him. He will pitch a shutout," Roach added.

Both Thurman and Garcia have said that they want to fight the best in their division, and that includes Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. To date, the Filipino legend still has no scheduled fight after the planned matchup with Amir Khan was cancelled.



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