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article imageRoach insists he wants Mayweather for Pacquiao's next fight

By Leo Reyes     Jul 14, 2016 in Sports
Promoter Bob Arum has come up with at least three names for possible opponents of Manny Pacquiao, once he decides to continue fighting after a short retirement following his last bout against Timothy Bradley.
The three possible opponents named by Arum include Terence Crawford, who is facing Viktor Postol next weekend, WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia and WBO welterweight Jessie Vargas.
But Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach isn't happy with Arum's choices because he wants Pacquiao to face Mayweather in a "Fight of the Century" remake.
Mayweather and Pacquiao fought in May 2015, and a lot of fans were disappointed after having been asked to pay $100 to watch the fight on pay-per-view only to see a fight that wasn't worth the sum they paid for. While he initially thought he won the fight on points, Pacquiao apologized to the fans saying he was nursing a shoulder injury before and during the fight.
Roach insists that Pacquiao will beat Mayweather with two good hands in a rematch.
“I want the rematch with (Floyd) Mayweather,” Roach said. “Manny thought he won that fight and he would definitely want that fight, for sure,” he added.
Arum has been waiting for Pacquiao to let him know when he will be ready to fight again. The veteran promoter is certain that Pacquiao is returning but he isn't sure exactly when will it happen.
"He is going to fight. I don't know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippines senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for the fight,” the veteran promoter told Boxing Scene.
The reason Mayweather isn't included in Arum's shortlist is the information that he recently had from Mayweather's adviser Al Haymon saying the unbeaten champ isn't fighting this year.
"We tried to make that fight for this year, the rematch, but Al told me that Floyd was happy in his retirement and he had no intention to get back in the ring, at least this year,” the veteran promoter told
Still, Roach is hopeful Mayweather will have a change of mind and call out Pacquiao for the much-anticipated rematch later this year.
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