Floyd Mayweather tells Roach: "I haven’t worked out a day"
Although eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is still very much absorbed with his duties as a Senator of his beloved Philippines, rumors have been circulating throughout the boxing community of a potential November 5 return to the ring.
According to longtime promoter Bob Arum, the Pacman's next bout will be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, and could hit the renowned Thomas and Mack Center, which traditionally holds over 19K paying customers.
Unfortunately, most have very little idea who Manny will be facing on this date, including his head trainer and longtime mentor, Freddie Roach.
"Manny hasn’t called me yet, so there’s nothing that I have to worry about at this point, but if he does decide to fight again, he will call me and we’ll go over the opponent and who it may be," stated the Hall of Fame trainer to Ontheropesboxing.com.
"There’s a lot of rumors out there, but Manny still has a lot of fight left in him and the way that he trained for the last fight and the way he fought the last fight, I know he has at least two really good fights left in him."
Despite the affirmation from the Top Rank CEO that Pacquiao's choices have dwindled down to just two possible opponents, Terence Crawford and Jessie Vargas, Manny's preference is still his longtime nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"We do want a rematch with Mayweather and we would like to get that. Mayweather has been to my gym a couple of times and I saw him at a restaurant in LA one time and he took pictures with my friends, he was very polite and very nice"
But from what the currently retired "Money Man" of boxing indicated to Roach, the prospect of a rematch doesn't look promising at the present time.
"Mayweather told me he hasn’t trained a day since he retired and I said, 'Hey, I thought you were a gym rat, you’re always in the gym'. He said, 'I haven’t worked out a day since I retired'."
While it doesn't seem likely that the self proclaimed "TBE" of boxing will return to the squared circle any time soon, Money May's idle status isn't deterring the Filipino Senator's hopes of landing a rematch possible next year.
"I know Manny wants the rematch really bad," Freddie stated in a recent interview with Jenna J of "On the Ropes Boxing Radio". "Manny thought he won the first fight and if you look at it with no commentating, you watch and see him landing more punches."
"I still was a little disappointed in Manny’s performance but now he’s one hundred percent and I think at one hundred percent, he will destroy him."