Saturday, December 31, 2011

Freddie Roach eyeing other options, says Pacquiao will not wait for Mayweather

source: Chris Robinson |

With Floyd Mayweather soon to be facing some time behind bars, Manny Pacquiao is anxiously looking at other options with his career.

The 33-year old WBO welterweight champion is coming off of a November 12th majority-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, a fight that he didn’t look overly-impressive in as he ate several flush shots while again having trouble getting into an offensive rhythm against his Mexico City counterpart.

A fight with Mayweather was again fancied by many for this coming May but there were conflicting reports in the media as to what exactly was taking place behind the scenes in regards to negotiations between the two sides. Mayweather was recently sentenced to 90 days in jails for his involvement in a September 2010 domestic violence case, thus leaving the possibility of him and Pacquiao meeting all but an afterthought at this point.

One man who doesn’t seem to be paying too much attention to Floyd’s situation is Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who insists life for his fighter will move on.

“We’re not going to wait for him. We’re going to fight,” Roach said in a piece by Robert Morales.

The options on the table for Pacquiao presently seem to be a fourth fight with Marquez, a rematch with Miguel Cotto, a clash with junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, and a meeting with newly-minted IBF/WBA junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, who is still fresh off of an upset over Amir Khan earlier this month.

Roach informed Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum that he is mulling all options and pointed out that contrary to published reports, Peterson wasn’t his first choice.

Pacquiao should be returning to the ring in either May or June of next year.