Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to face Jessie Vargas in November, but trainer Freddie Roach is already looking forward to another fight, which could be the official farewell bout of the Filipino boxing icon.
Roach revealed that he is looking forward to a possible showdown with Danny Garcia. The 28-year-old Philadelphia native holds a perfect 32-0 record with 18 knockouts, and Roach feels he is the best possible option for Pacquiao.
However, Roach is unsure if Garcia’s dad, Angel, will allow his son to face the former pound-for-pound king. The Hall of Fame trainer said that Angel knows they cannot throw their weight around if they agree to the Pacquiao bout.
“I prefer a fight with Danny Garcia,” Roach told Fighthub via Fight Saga. “I still like that fight, but I don’t think his dad does. His Dad’s okay. He just tries to get under your skin. But there’s no way he’d be able to do that with me or Pacquiao. That’s just not going to work with us. It’s just not.”
Garcia became a hot commodity in the 147-pound division after he won the World Boxing Council welterweight title. He captured the title via a unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero in January at Staples Center.
Adrien Broner is also being mentioned as a possible opponent for Pacquiao, especially after the flamboyant American called out the eight-division world champion. The Ohio native said he is a better opponent than Vargas, reiterating that he has all the tools to beat Manny Pacquiao.
“I can hit with both hands,” Broner said via BoxingScene. “I can match his speed and I’m a sharper puncher than Pacquiao if you ask me. Where my mind state is right now. I feel like anybody I get in the ring with right now. I’m going to do damage to.”
However, Roach disagreed. The veteran boxing coach thinks Broner just loves to talk but he is not in the same level as Pacquiao. It is also worth noting that Broner wanted a 50-50 split to face Pacquiao, which did not sit well with Top Rank Promotions.