ARLINGTON, Texas – Trainer Freddie Roach wouldn't be surprised if Manny Pacquiao retires after Saturday's World Boxing Council super welterweight title bout with Antonio Margarito. Roach expressed his opinion in an impromptu session with reporters prior to a news conference at Cowboys Stadium to promote the fight.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't available to fight Pacquiao in a battle of what would be the two best fighters in the world, Roach said he thought Saturday's bout could be it for the seven-division champion.
"I think this could be it," Roach said. "Where else do we have to go? Paul Williams and those 160-pounders? I'd be totally satisfied if this were his last fight if he goes out and does what he's supposed to do. I'd be very happy with eight world titles. I'd have no problem with him retiring after this fight. Without Mayweather, there is no challenge."
Top Rank's Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, has suggested that Shane Mosley would be a potential opponent if Mayweather was not available to fight or chose not to face Pacquiao.
Roach, however, dismissed Mosley as a possible opponent. Mosley was routed by Mayweather in May and looked very ordinary in a draw against Sergio Mora in September.
"Who cares about Mosley?" Roach said. "He's another guy who needs to retire. Shane's had his day."
- Manny Pacquiao
- World Boxing Council
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