Monday, March 22, 2010
Roach says Pacquiao to retire early next year
“With everything else Manny has earned, that should be enough for him,” Roach said.
“I’ve told Manny I’d like him to retire as a fighter after that. I want him healthy, wealthy and happy. I don’t ever want him having to take all the medication I have to take. I might retire too. I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said.
Pacquiao despises Mayweather, says Roach, an unusual emotion from a fighter who has never before expressed contempt for a looming opponent. But then again no other opponent has suggested that Pacquiao might be using steroids. Pacquiao responded by filing a defamation suit against Mayweather and his promoter, Golden Boy Productions.
“It’s an honor thing to Manny,” Leahy quoted Roach as saying.
“Manny says things to me like: ’I will knock him out; I’ll crush him. He’s never talked like that about another fighter.”
Weary over the ugliness of their last failed negotiations, Pacquiao just wants the fight to happen.
“Doesn’t matter if the posters say Pacquiao-Mayweather or Mayweather-Pacquiao, the fighter says to Roach.
“Mayweather can be first on the posters. He can act like the champion. I’ll go into the ring first, I’ll do whatever he wants… He can run from me just so he fights in these four corners.”
Roach himself retired as a fighter after 53 bouts without a buck. As a professional, he climbed to No. 8 in the world in the super bantamweight division.