Freddie Roach reveals who Manny Pacquiao is targeting for his next fight

Freddie Roach has revealed that Manny Pacquiao is targeting a fight against Gennady Golovkin.

The 41-year-old hasn’t fought since beating Keith Thurman last July but had been targeting a return to the ring in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic halted the boxing calendar.

Terence Crawford, the undefeated WBO welterweight champion, has claimed that talks have begun over a potential fight with Pacquiao.

But Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Roach believes a mega-fight against GGG could be on the cards.

After losing his second fight to Canelo Alvarez in 2018, Golovkin picked up victories over Steve Rolls and Sergiy Derevyanchenko last year to win the IBF and IBO middleweight titles.

‘There are always good fights out there,’ Roach told DAZN.

‘The one thing about Manny is he doesn’t want to beat anybody he wants to beat the best out there, he wants to fight the top guys.

‘Mikey Garcia has called him out a couple of times, I think that’s a good fight for him, of course.

‘Robert [Garcia] called him out on one of your shows, that made me smile because I like that fight for Manny, I think it’s a great fight.

‘But the thing is Manny maybe might want to go a little higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who is supposed to be one of the best in the world today.

‘Pacquiao still desires to be the best there is.’

Asked if Pacquiao should fight at 160lbs, Roach replied: ‘No. I would not advise him to go 160lbs, that would be a little crazy.

‘But putting him at 147lbs was a risk at one time.

‘People would go to me, ‘why are you moving him up to 147lbs?’, but he was very natural at that weight, he made the weight pretty good.

‘He can make 140lbs pretty easy, he can actually make 135lbs but that’s a little bit more effort. But to fight the biggest guys at 147lbs with the money, it made good sense to all of us to fight the great Oscar [De La Hoya]. It was a great deal and it worked out really well for us.’

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