Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says unbeaten WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford turned down the opportunity of facing the Filipino superstar on April 9.
Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) will now be fighting WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 9 in what is thought to be the Filipino legend’s last fight.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said ‘they wouldn’t try and get Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) to take the fight with Pacquiao yet’, which looks like Pacquiao’s plan to retire and focus on politics in the Philippines is not a foregone conclusion.
In an interview with Fighthype, Roach indicated that Pacquiao’s days in the ring may not be over quite yet.
“I think it’s a good fight for him [Pacquiao]. Hopefully, we’ll get someone [Mayweather] to come out of retirement after that,” Roach tells Fighthype.
“Crawford said no. Bob [Arum] said they won’t try Crawford yet. Crawford is too young for Manny. Crawford may be a future superstar, but he’s not that far yet.
“They’re still building him. Crawford may be someone down the line, but I don’t feel he’s ready for Manny yet,” Roach said.