This, after the Filipino Champ, was clobbered by the straight counter punches and right hooks of Super Featherweight reigning champ Yordenis Ugas from Cuba during their super featherweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena last August 21.
“I still want to fight Errol Spence and Josh Taylor. I want to fight the best in boxing,” Pacman said although he also hinted of maybe retiring after his great upset to the Cuban boxer.
Freddie Roach, the former boxer and one of boxing’s decorated and greatest trainers, prepared the majority of Pacman’s biggest fights at his Wild Card gym.
Roach also hinted of a possible rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather although Pacquiao coach says he also supports Manny if he decides to retire from boxing after his loss Saturday night against Ugas.
“I hate to see the day he retires, but this could be it,” said Roach when speaking to Esquire. “He didn’t have a great performance tonight. We’ll see what Manny decides. He’s boxed for a long time, and he’s boxed with me for a long time.”
Roach still not losing hopes that a “Pacquiao-Mayweather II” could still happen since Manny would love to face Mayweather, 44 one more time but also hinted that only in a pro boxing rematch.
“We would like to fight Mayweather one more time. But exhibitions? No. Manny is not into that.” Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Roach told reporters.
Even Manny’s mom Dionesia and wife Jinky had been telling Manny to hang up his gloves already as he has done so much in boxing since 1995.
Veteran boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said that after his clear defeat with Ugas, there is no reason for Manny Pacquiao to continue boxing.
“People are saying he should fight Ugas again, what for? Why would you like to be marred in a rivalry with a fighter like Ugas? No offense to Ugas but we know a younger Pacquiao would cannibalize him alive. There is no point,” adding that Pacquiao should not wait for the time that he would be badly beaten by prime and younger boxers.