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Roach: Pacquiao Solely Desires The Finest Opponents, To Battle at The High Stage

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Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame coach, says his fighter has no interest in a boxing match against UFC superstar Conor McGregor or a non-boxer.

Last year there was some discussion that a boxing match between Pacquiao and McGregor would take place in the summer of 2021.

McGregor started improving his boxing skills in the gym earlier this year.

Those plans were quickly derailed in late January when McGregor was knocked out in two rounds by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

Last month there was a trilogy fight going on at UFC 264 in which McGregor was sidelined due to a first-round injury.

McGregor has unfinished business with Poirier, but he’s still keen to have a boxing match with Pacquiao at some point.

The eighth division champion is due to return on August 21 when he challenges WBC, IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

If 42-year-old Pacquiao wins, he won’t face a non-boxer. According to Roach, the Filipino superstar wants to fight the best opponents out there at 147.

“This sport [of MMA] is a little different, it’s just not boxing. Manny has no interest in fighting an MMA fighter, he wants to fight the best fighters out there, “Roach told The Sun.

“If he can’t be at this level in boxing, then he doesn’t want to box. He will retire and hopefully become president of his country to be one of the best guys out there.

“It’s not going to be a guy from any other sport. Manny and Georges St-Pierre are friends and so on, but the sports just don’t go well together. I want to see good boxing and that’s what you get from Manny Pacquiao. He’s always against fought the best. “


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