"There's a couple of other guys out there right now that I'm thinking about that are free agents. You look at Mayweather's last like four fights and so forth, if we can fight one of those guys that he went the distance with and knock that person out and be impressive, it puts us even closer to Mayweather because that's the fight we really want eventually," stated world-class trainer Freddie Roach, who discussed his preference of opponents for Manny Pacquiao when he makes his anticipated return to the ring on April 12 the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Roach, although Pacquiao doesn't mind avenging his controversial loss to undefeated welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, in his opinion, there's not enough money to make the fight worth his star pupil's while. Instead, Roach would prefer having Pacquiao face someone that Floyd Mayweather just fought, like Robert Guerrero, in hopes of scoring a more impressive victory.
"[Robert] Guerrero has sparred with Manny many times and he thinks he gets the best of Manny. He's made that public before that he used to beat Manny up in sparring. I see it a different way, but I would love that fight and I think it's a great fight. You know, he went the distance with Mayweather and I think if Manny knocks him out, it puts us even closer to the Mayweather fight," Roach explained during a recent interview with Secondsout.com. "He wants it [a rematch with Timothy Bradley] because he felt he got a bad decision last one. We like that fight of course, but the thing is, it's not a big moneymaker. The thing is, what Manny wants is to secure his legacy, yes, but the thing is he feels that he won that fight and a little bit of him feels there's really no need to fight him again unless it's worth it, and the thing is, the money that fight brings is not that great because he doesn't have a pay-per-view audience; well, not as big as we would like, so I don't think Manny really cares about that fight because the fight he talks about mostly with me right now is Mayweather."
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