Roach: Crawford turned down Pacquiao

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.