“We Want to Fight the Best Out There” – Freddie Roach Discusses What’s Next for Manny Pacquiao

Published 08/18/2021, 12:47 PM EDT
GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES – MARCH 04: Manny Pacquiao takes part in a training session on March 4, 2014 in General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao will fight for WBO welterweight championship rematch against Timothy Bradley on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao will face Yordenis Ugas for the IBF ‘super’ welterweight championship title on August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. At the age of 44, Manny Pacquiao is not as fast and explosive as he used to be. Despite this, he is still one of the best active boxers.

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Under the training of the legendary Freddie Roach, Pacquiao has been able to stay in peak physical conditions. A prime example of this was his last bout against Keith Furman. He fought Furman for the IBF title and dominated the fight.

In a recent interview, interviewers from DAZN asked Freddie if Pacquiao will continue to fight. Will the Yordenis Ugas fight be the last time we see the only eight-division world champion in the ring?

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“We’re not looking for an easy fight, we’re never looking for an easy fight. We wanna fight the best out there. The thing is, Manny, he will retire when we don’t do that, you know. We want to fight the best guys we can and hopefully, his (Errol Spence Jr) eye injury gets healed quickly and we get that fight back on.” Freddie said.

The Pacquiao camp still remains hopeful for a fight against Errol Spence Jr. Winning the Ugas fight will leave no doubt in anyone’s mind about whether Pacquiao can still fight.

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Freddie Roach also spoke about trying to lure Floyd Mayweather out of retirement for a potential rematch. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather recently fought an exhibition bout against Logan Paul.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas

Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao takes on Yordenis Ugas in a championship bout for the IBF ‘Super’ Welterweight title. Ugas is the current champion and looks to defend his belt against the veteran Pacquiao.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao blows a kiss to the crowd as he celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former champion Manny Pacquiao won the belt back in 2019. He will now fight for the first time in two years, and for the first time in the US since 2019. His American fans will be anticipating another dominant performance from the Philippine senator. Do you think Ugas will be able to cause an upset?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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