Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Has No Desire To Fight Conor McGregor

By: Sean Crose According to Freddie Roach, the legendary Manny Pacquiao has no interest in facing UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the boxing ring or anywhere else for that matter. "Manny does not have any interest in fighting an MMA fighter," Roach, Pacquiao's longtime trainer tells The Sun, "he wants to fight the best fighters (in boxing) out there." This appears to be a new development, as the dueling legal actions involving Pacquiao and Paradigm Sports Management provide evidence the Filipino icon was ready, willing and able to face McGregor last fall when he signed with company. McGregor has lost twice in the octagon since that time, of course, and - now in his forties - Pacquiao doesn't have all the time in the world to continue practicing his craft. In a sense, then, the lack of interest in a McGregor bout at this points makes sense. Besides, Roach is busy preparing his fighter to face Errol Spence later this month. It will be quite a challenge, as Spence is younger, bigger, and extremely skilled. According to Roach, Pacquiao wouldn't have it any other way. "If he can't be at that level at boxing," Roach says of his fighter, "then he doesn't want to be boxing. He will retire and hopefully become president of his country." Roach also indicates that Pacquiao may not return to the ring after the Spence fight in August. "If there is another fight after this," he says, "it's not going to be McGregor, it's going to be one of the best guys out there." The truth is that Roach may want to be selective of who Pacquiao fights from here on out. He doesn't want what should be an easy win for his fighter, but he has to be cautious of his aging star at the same time. Needless to say, Roach sees something about Spence that he thinks will work to Pacquiao's advantage. "There's a couple of guys I worry about," Roach admits, "because they're younger, they're stronger and have very difficult styles." Spence, however, doesn't seem to be giving Roach any concern - at least not the kind Roach would make public. "But Spence," he says, "I do like because he's flat-footed, he's heavy on his feet and he gets tired in the latter rounds." Not that Roach feels Spence isn't any kind of threat. "He does have good power," the trainer admits. "There is a couple fights out there we could fight, but Manny wants to fight the best guys out there." The post Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Has No Desire To Fight Conor McGregor appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Has No Desire To Fight Conor McGregor

By: Sean Crose

According to Freddie Roach, the legendary Manny Pacquiao has no interest in facing UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the boxing ring or anywhere else for that matter. "Manny does not have any interest in fighting an MMA fighter," Roach, Pacquiao's longtime trainer tells The Sun, "he wants to fight the best fighters (in boxing) out there." This appears to be a new development, as the dueling legal actions involving Pacquiao and Paradigm Sports Management provide evidence the Filipino icon was ready, willing and able to face McGregor last fall when he signed with company. McGregor has lost twice in the octagon since that time, of course, and - now in his forties - Pacquiao doesn't have all the time in the world to continue practicing his craft. In a sense, then, the lack of interest in a McGregor bout at this points makes sense.

Besides, Roach is busy preparing his fighter to face Errol Spence later this month. It will be quite a challenge, as Spence is younger, bigger, and extremely skilled. According to Roach, Pacquiao wouldn't have it any other way. "If he can't be at that level at boxing," Roach says of his fighter, "then he doesn't want to be boxing. He will retire and hopefully become president of his country." Roach also indicates that Pacquiao may not return to the ring after the Spence fight in August. "If there is another fight after this," he says, "it's not going to be McGregor, it's going to be one of the best guys out there."

The truth is that Roach may want to be selective of who Pacquiao fights from here on out. He doesn't want what should be an easy win for his fighter, but he has to be cautious of his aging star at the same time. Needless to say, Roach sees something about Spence that he thinks will work to Pacquiao's advantage. "There's a couple of guys I worry about," Roach admits, "because they're younger, they're stronger and have very difficult styles." Spence, however, doesn't seem to be giving Roach any concern - at least not the kind Roach would make public. "But Spence," he says, "I do like because he's flat-footed, he's heavy on his feet and he gets tired in the latter rounds." Not that Roach feels Spence isn't any kind of threat.

"He does have good power," the trainer admits. "There is a couple fights out there we could fight, but Manny wants to fight the best guys out there."

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Oscar De La Hoya Eyeing Another Championship Run: “George Foreman Has Done It, Bernard Hopkins Has Done It, Maybe It’s My Time”

By: Hans Themistode At first, Oscar De La Hoya was simply attempting to get back into the ring and shake off the cobwebs. After spending 13 years on the sidelines, the 2014 Hall of Famer was scheduled to end his retirement with an exhibition showdown against former UFC light heavyweight titlist, Vitor Belfort. Yet, after whipping his 48-year-old body back into fighting shape, De La Hoya has opted to make a full-blown return. Now, the former six-division world champion will remove the headgear and take on Belfort in an eight-round sanctioned boxing match on September 11th, at Staples Center in Los Angeles California. While De La Hoya has expressed an enormous amount of hubris in the outcome of his matchup against Belfort, he ultimately believes that September 11th will only be step one on his way to a world title reign. “I believe so,” said De La Hoya to Fight Hub TV when asked if he can make another championship run. “The fact that George Foreman has done it, the fact that Bernard Hopkins has done it, maybe it's my time.” On November 5th, 1994, Foreman became the oldest heavyweight champion at the age of 45. He did so when he scored a deleterious one-punch knockout over 26-year-old Michael Moorer. In more recent history, Bernard Hopkins one-upped Foreman. In 2011, the newly inducted Hall of Famer dethroned Jean Pascal to capture the WBC light heavyweight crown at the age of 46. Now, two years older than Hopkins was, De La Hoya believes he can do the same. While he wouldn't go as far as to say that he’s better than he was before, De La Hoya did admit that at this very moment, he feels incredible. “I feel fast right now, freaken lighting fast. I think that with this mental strength that I have now, with training smarter and my motivation just in life in general. It’s a different route that I’m taking. This route is much easier. Yes it's strenuous, it’s hard, it’s difficult for your body. It’s tough at 48 but it's much easier. Why didn't I figure it out a long time ago?” The post Oscar De La Hoya Eyeing Another Championship Run: “George Foreman Has Done It, Bernard Hopkins Has Done It, Maybe It’s My Time” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Oscar De La Hoya Eyeing Another Championship Run: “George Foreman Has Done It, Bernard Hopkins Has Done It, Maybe It’s My Time”

By: Hans Themistode

At first, Oscar De La Hoya was simply attempting to get back into the ring and shake off the cobwebs. After spending 13 years on the sidelines, the 2014 Hall of Famer was scheduled to end his retirement with an exhibition showdown against former UFC light heavyweight titlist, Vitor Belfort.

Yet, after whipping his 48-year-old body back into fighting shape, De La Hoya has opted to make a full-blown return. Now, the former six-division world champion will remove the headgear and take on Belfort in an eight-round sanctioned boxing match on September 11th, at Staples Center in Los Angeles California.

While De La Hoya has expressed an enormous amount of hubris in the outcome of his matchup against Belfort, he ultimately believes that September 11th will only be step one on his way to a world title reign.

“I believe so,” said De La Hoya to Fight Hub TV when asked if he can make another championship run. “The fact that George Foreman has done it, the fact that Bernard Hopkins has done it, maybe it's my time.”

On November 5th, 1994, Foreman became the oldest heavyweight champion at the age of 45. He did so when he scored a deleterious one-punch knockout over 26-year-old Michael Moorer. In more recent history, Bernard Hopkins one-upped Foreman.

In 2011, the newly inducted Hall of Famer dethroned Jean Pascal to capture the WBC light heavyweight crown at the age of 46. Now, two years older than Hopkins was, De La Hoya believes he can do the same.

While he wouldn't go as far as to say that he’s better than he was before, De La Hoya did admit that at this very moment, he feels incredible.

“I feel fast right now, freaken lighting fast. I think that with this mental strength that I have now, with training smarter and my motivation just in life in general. It’s a different route that I’m taking. This route is much easier. Yes it's strenuous, it’s hard, it’s difficult for your body. It’s tough at 48 but it's much easier. Why didn't I figure it out a long time ago?”

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