Roach suggests Pacquiao to retire after losing to Horn


In the legendary fight “The Battle of Brisbane” Pacquiao lost to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn by scores of 115-113 twice and 117-111; however the trainer Freddie Roach suggested the former champion to retire and said if the Filipino superstar choose to carry on the fight, he should only be doing a rematch with Jeff Horn before retiring from boxing for good.

Coach praised Manny’s 22-years of successful boxing and said –

“It does bother me,” “That’s why I suggested to Manny, ‘Hey Manny, I think you should retire,’

He then added, ‘Well, what about fighting a rematch with this guy?’ I said, ‘Well, maybe a rematch, but then that’s it.’ There can be no more [fights with Floyd] Mayweather and so forth.”

“I would suggest to Manny that he retire now, but he wants to have that rematch in a neutral area, maybe in the Philippines. As a going-away party, I think that would be great, but then that’s it.

Roach also said that the bout was very physical and Pacquiao no more has the power to battle. He believed that the 9th round was “a terrific round, a great one” for Manny and he could have won the bout if he had manage to push one more of that round.

Pacquiao was elected as to the Filipino congress in 2010 and later in 2013, but that didn’t affect his boxing duties. The big difference launched when he was elected as the senate in 2016. The duties of a senator are much greater and so Manny’s training took a back seat, said Roach.

However, the Filipino boxer said he would “absolutely” return for a rematch.  

“We have a clause for a rematch. No problem,” Pacquiao said in the ring after the judges’ decision.

Although Roach had issues with the decision taken by judge Waleska Roldan, who favored Horn 117-113 score, Pacquiao said “I respect the judges’ decision,” “He was much tougher than I expected. Much, much tougher.”

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