Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach speaks very frankly about where his most successful fighting pupil stands today in boxing.
Manny Pacquiao is understandably not the fighter he once was, as the reality is age catches up with all great fighters in the end.
His recent shock defeat to Australian Jeff Horn however was enough to bring into question about how much Manny really wants it, and is he really motivated anymore as this stage of the game.
He works as a full-time Senator in his home country which is a hard enough job for anyone to take on its own.
But to balance that with being a world class professional fighter almost seems impossible.
He managed it seemingly very well last October though when he beat Jessie Vargas, but, even leading up to the Jeff Horn fight in recent months before his loss – he looked visibly much slower in training footage before the fight.
Speaking to Fight Hype his long-time trainer and mentor Freddie Roach gave his thoughts:
“I really think that Manny at this point, we could fight that fight but the thing is there’s other big fights and so forth, but I’m going to be real honest, you can’t be an elite fighter and be a Senator at the same time. It’s just too much. I think he has too much on his plate right now. I hope he has one more fight and that’s it.”
It would be hard to see Pacquiao retuiring as things stand, particularly after a defeat. No one wants to retire on a loss so expect to see him back in the ring before the year is out.
Talks have existed for a while now that he could be matched against fellow stablemate Terence Crawford later in the year.
If I were a betting man that’s the fight I’d expect to see him in.
For the full interview above on Fight Hype YouTube (hat tip) check it out here: