Freddie Roach (video): I wanted Mikey Garcia for Manny Pacquiao, not Keith Thurman

In an exclusive interview with Seconds Out, Freddie Roach reveals Mikey Garcia as his first choice for Manny Pacquiao, who now meets Keith Thurman in July

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It was recently confirmed that Manny Pacquiao would fight unbeaten Super WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman in July. We recently spoke with the Filipino legend’s trainer Freddie Roach who, as well as addressing Ivan Baranchyk vs Josh Taylor and the status of assistant Buboy Fernandez, revealed that he had not wanted Thurman for his man. As you will see, the esteemed coached felt Manny vs Mikey Garcia was a "bigger and better" fight.

 

Freddie is now totally on board with the scheduled clash but this adds an interesting sub-plot to the meeting of WBA 147lb rulers.

 

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