Roach wants Pacquiao rematch Horn, then retire
Freddie Roach (l), Manny Pacquiao (r) / Pic: Facebook @MannyPacquiao

Freddie Roach: “He [Pacquiao] wants to be President”

Filipino Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) faced a defeat against Australian Jeff Horn (17–0–1) early last month at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. He also lost the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

Nevertheless, with a rematch clause in the contract, the eight-division world champion has a chance to take a revenge for the 12-round decision on July 2. The pair is expected to square off again in Australia in the near future.

Freddie Roach, the trainer of boxing great, “would like to see Manny retire after the rematch with Horn,” quotes the Hall of Fame trainer in his conversation with Jose Sanchez late last week. However, he says he has “no control over that”.

The reason behind appears to be Pacquiao’s age, 38. “I just think it’s very difficult at that age to get into the ring and face Terence Crawford and talented youngsters like that,” said Roach.

“Manny changed his lifestyle as the years went by. He also lost some of that finishing instinct, I think. But he improved his technical side at the same time. That’s why I would like to see him fight again with Horn and retire.”

In addition to The Sweet Science, Pacquiao serves as a Senator of the Philippines. In similarity to boxing, he also targets the top in his political career.

“But he wants to be President [of the Philippines] and the elections are in four years. So maybe you’ll need to continue boxing to maintain your popularity level.”