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Roach says Pacquiao and Mayweather are ‘going to have to fight each other’

Freddie Roach still believes that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are eventually “going to have to fight each other."

Manny Pacquiao will likely meet Juan Manuel Marquez or Mike Alvarado this autumn.

Completely unfounded rumors recently surfaced that the 37-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) and 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) were set to throw fists on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an absurdly lucrative clash between the two prizefighting legends.

Unsurprisingly, Mayweather added that he refuses to negotiate with the team of Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum.

The WBC installed Pacquiao as the top contender for Mayweather’s welterweight belt.

As the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather will rightfully face Marcos Maidana on May 3.

However, following the springtime bout, “Pretty Boy” may be obligated to battle Pacquiao or possibly be forced to relinquish the crown.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao is slated to meet Timothy Bradley next weekend.

“The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” earned a lopsided unanimous decision over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios to capture the WBO international welterweight title in November.

Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao peppered the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.

Although a bit more cautious and reserved, Pacquiao remains an overwhelming force in the squared circle.

Comparatively, a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic, Mayweather seems destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten champion.

"I've thought about it so much, I've had dreams about that fight," said Roach, 54, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA.

"The pool's very small for both guys. Somewhere they're going to have to fight each other. Mayweather’s record looks good. But, if he's so good, why didn't he fight Pacquiao?"

If Mayweather and Pacquiao both prevail in their upcoming contests, boxing fans may finally see a $200 million fistfight.

Although nearly five years belated, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would still present a spectacular “Sin City” show.

Dismissing any anticipation for September 13, wrongly starved boxing fans can only hope Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are “going to have to fight each other” in the spring of 2015.

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