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Freddie Roach doesn’t want Manny Pacquiao to fight Saul Alvarez at 152 pounds

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Unsurprisingly, Freddie Roach said “it would be much better” if Saul Alvarez would fight Manny Pacquiao at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

Although a bout is nowhere close to getting cemented, rumors have emerged that the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will battle the 23-year-old Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) in the spring of 2015.

“I think (the fight) is possible, but I think 152 pounds is too much for Manny,” said Roach, 54, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA. “If (Canelo) manages to (get down to) 150 pounds it would be much better. But first let’s see what happens. We’ve had no offers (on that fight).”

Pacquiao last vacated the squared circle in April after earning a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley to capture the WBO welterweight title.

Pac-Man officially trumped the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1-0-1, 12 KOs) by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, an extremely aggressive Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.

The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.

Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and was incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.

Bradley, who claimed to suffer a right calf injury in the first round, is quick, tough and gutsy.

Fighting like a man possessed, Bradley landed hard body shots and tried to will himself to greatness.

Regardless, supremely prepared for this sequel, Pacquiao again proved to be too dominant for “Desert Storm.”

An eight-division world champ, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” may scrap juicehead Juan Manuel Marquez on November 22 in China.

Meanwhile, Alvarez is slated to meet Erislandy Lara on July 12 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Rebounding from a loss to Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) at 152 pounds, Alvarez most recently exited the ring in March after outclassing Alfredo Angulo en route to an empathic 10th round TKO.

Using brilliant movement and a diversified attack, Canelo constantly landed left hooks, straight rights and uppercuts.

Looking sharp, fast and powerful, Alvarez quickly established that the 31-year-old Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) wasn’t a worthy adversary.

Although Lara’s awkward stance could pose problems, Alvarez is a fierce redhead who will easily penetrate “The American Dream’s” guard.

Hence, a contest pitting Saul Alvarez versus Manny Pacquiao is a legitimate possibility.

However, as Freddie Roach wisely noted, “152 pounds is too much for Manny.”


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