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Roach: Floyd in love with fight record

Floyd Mayweather is not a risk-taker like his No. 1 fighter Manny Pacquiao, says Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

Roach remains frustrated that a deal can’t be put in place for Mayweather and Pacquiao to get it on next year despite major obstacles that have been cleared on the part of the eight-division Filipino titleholder.

“I think he is just a little bit afraid to take a challenge like Manny,” said Roach in the immensely-influential HBO program The Fight Game.

“He’s so in love with that zero on that record,” stressed Roach, referring to Mayweather’s immaculate 47-0 win-loss card.

In the event efforts to make the fight go down the drain, Roach believes that it will do Mayweather’s reputation and legacy more harm.

“If he retires not fighting Manny, that will be a big question when he’s asked for things. I think that will ruin his legacy.”

Roach, 54, even criticized Mayweather’s decision to grant Argentine Marco Maidana a rematch, saying “there is no sense in that.”

Unlike Mayweather, 37, Pacquiao has never ducked an opponent in building up his record and attaining universal recognition as the most recognizable face of the sport of boxing.

While Pacquiao hasn’t been with a marquee name the last year or so, it is because he has ran out of popular foes to choose from.

The last few years, Pacquiao has faced Erik Morales (thrice), Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Juan Manuel Marquez (four times), Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley and Oscar Dela Hoya.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is still in the process of working out a Mayweather matchup for Pacquiao in coordination with CBS big boss Les Moonves, whose network has two more fights left in its six-fight contract with Mayweather.

Arum said that it is ideal that a Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight be held in June instead of May as it is reserved for the clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez of Mexico.

If Pacquiao fails to get Mayweather, Arum said that he will instead return to the ring in April.

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  • Godzeller

    But it’s nothing if you don’t want to fight with best Boxer and then Froid will be recognized as all time Cowardice Boxer on Guinness Record Book.

  • Guest

    Skip Bayless – “Did Floyd DUCK Manny Pacquiao?”
    50 CENT – “Yes.
    That’s a 100 million dollars, and he just left it. At this point, it’s
    more him sorting out who’s the perfect opponent than him fighting the
    toughest fighter to fight.”

    STEPHEN A SMITH (longtime die-hard
    Floyd-supporter), ESPN. – “I’m saying because of the Manny Pacquiao I
    saw yesterday, I have to believe that Floyd is DUCKING.”

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. – “My son fighting that little man, I’m concerned about my son’s life.”

    TIM BRADLEY – “Floyd doubts himself. Why won’t he fight Manny? Scared,
    man. He don’t wanna fight that. Floyd don’t wanna fight that. He don’t
    wanna see Manny in the ring.”

    MIKE TYSON – “Hey listen, he
    doesn’t want to fight the guy, it’s obvious. I don’t know if he’s scared
    of him or not, but he just obviously doesn’t want to fight the guy.”

    LARRY
    HOLMES – “Pacquiao did all he can. He did all I would have done. I
    think Mayweather just got a little too scared if you ask me. If he
    thinks Pacquiao is taking drugs so what, he should just say: ‘You take
    it, you kill yourself that isn’t going to help you, because with my
    talent and ability I believe I can still beat you.’ But he was scared to
    take that challenge. If they never fight it won’t be Pacquiao’s fault.
    Every time they came round to fighting, Mayweather put his excuses in.”

    JAMES TONEY – “It shows you right there that Mayweather’s not a man. If
    you be the best fighter in the world, you fight the guys, know what I’m
    sayin’? No matter, don’t put down no stupid @$$ stipulations, right.
    Hey, he should be a little scared. And Pacquiao is proving he’s one of
    the best fighters in his era, in this decade.”

    MICHAEL IRVIN –
    “I want Mayweather to stop messing around and making us brothers look
    bad by running. Okay, listen. Stop running, man. You’re making the
    brothers look bad. Get in the ring, even if you lose, it’s an honorable
    loss.”

    ATG radio – “Do you really think that we’ll ever see Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather fight?”

    GEORGE FOREMAN – “No. Not at all. No, it’s not gonna happen. Mayweather
    had a chance to do that fight years ago, and maybe for good reasons, he
    didn’t want it because there was a chance that , in early when he made
    up his mind to come back in boxing, Pacquiao would’ve run over him! Then
    they got a little even in time, and then Mayweather got pretty smart
    and understood, hey, why? I’m making all this money without fighting
    him, why fight him? So now there is definitely no reason to do it.”

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR – “My health is more important than money. They can take all the money, my health is more important.”

  • the_unsilent_majority

    Skip Bayless – “Did Floyd DUCK Manny Pacquiao?”
    50 CENT – “Yes. That’s a 100 million dollars, and he just left it. At this point, it’s more him sorting out who’s the perfect opponent than him fighting the toughest fighter to fight.”

    STEPHEN A SMITH (longtime die-hard Floyd-supporter), ESPN. – “I’m saying because of the Manny Pacquiao I saw yesterday, I have to believe that Floyd is DUCKING.”

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. – “My son fighting that little man, I’m concerned about my son’s life.”

    TIM BRADLEY – “Floyd doubts himself. Why won’t he fight Manny? Scared, man. He don’t wanna fight that. Floyd don’t wanna fight that. He don’t wanna see Manny in the ring.”

    MIKE TYSON – “Hey listen, he doesn’t want to fight the guy, it’s obvious. I don’t know if he’s scared of him or not, but he just obviously doesn’t want to fight the guy.”

    LARRY HOLMES – “Pacquiao did all he can. He did all I would have done. I think Mayweather just got a little too scared if you ask me. If he thinks Pacquiao is taking drugs so what, he should just say: ‘You take it, you kill yourself that isn’t going to help you, because with my talent and ability I believe I can still beat you.’ But he was scared to take that challenge. If they never fight it won’t be Pacquiao’s fault. Every time they
    came round to fighting, Mayweather put his excuses in.”

    JAMES TONEY – “It shows you right there that Mayweather’s not a man. If you be the best fighter in the world, you fight the guys, know what I’m sayin’? No matter, don’t put down no stupid @$$ stipulations, right. Hey, he should be a little scared. And Pacquiao is proving he’s one of the best fighters in his era, in this decade.”

    MICHAEL IRVIN – “I want Mayweather to stop messing around and making us brothers look bad by running. Okay, listen. Stop running, man. You’re making the brothers look bad. Get in the ring, even if you lose, it’s an honorable loss.”

    ATG radio – “Do you really think that we’ll ever see Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather fight?”
    GEORGE FOREMAN – “No. Not at all. No, it’s not gonna happen. Mayweather had a chance to do that fight years ago, and maybe for good reasons, he didn’t want it because there was a chance that , in early when he made up his mind to come back in boxing, Pacquiao would’ve run over him! Then they got a little even in time, and then Mayweather got pretty smart and understood, hey, why? I’m making all this money without fighting him, why fight him? So now there is definitely no reason to do it.”

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR – “My health is more important than money. They can take all the money, my health is more important.”

  • Nathan Sherlock

    Here comes Roach with his usual extreme BS – hoping and wishing that Floyd’s legacy is damaged if he does not fight Manny. Floyd’s legacy will be ‘ruined’ if he does not fight Manny???? REALLY?? RUINED??? Is that how fickle we have become as fight fans?? I think his legacy will be tainted but not ruined. Let’s not go overboard here. Floyd is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion. I count over 15 current or former world champions that he’s SOUNDLY defeated. Let’s get real. Yes, I think he’s worried about Manny, but I give him the edge if the fight happens. Floyd defeated guys more dangerous than Manny AND he’s schooled guys that Manny struggled with.