Floyd visits Wild Card; Roach and Arum give Manny time to adjust to Senate

LOS ANGELES – As Manny Pacquiao prepares to become a senator in the Philippines, his promoter and trainer are promoting the undercard for the 140-pound title unification match between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol.

Bob Arum, CEO of professional boxing promotion company Top Rank, eased up the pressure on the eight-division world champion and looks at the future of the 140-weight class where Pacquiao once excelled.

“I want to give him time to adjust to his role as Philippine senator and figure out what it’s going to take and what his time constraints are,” Arum said. “Then will he make a decision of whether he can continue boxing. Right now it doesn’t look like he can.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach had previously eyed the undefeated Crawford as a potential Pacquiao opponent, but he said he will also give the recently retired Filipino fighter some time off to settle into his senate seat.

“I still think he has a hunger for one more fight but obviously we hope Mayweather would come back and fight and we’re not sure about that yet,” Roach said.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. did pay the hall of fame trainer a pair of visits at Wild Card Boxing Club and also bumped into each other at a local restaurant.

“The fact he went to Wild Card tells me nothing. As far as I hear from the Floyd camp he’s very happy in retirement and isn’t looking to do another fight,” Arum said.

Mayweather and Roach did not talk about a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch but the two joked about another speculative fight: The Money Team taking to UFC champion Conor McGregor.

“He did talk about the MMA Irish fighter and he said ‘Freddie, if they want you to train McGregor I’ll take that job because I am going to fight him.’ That’s all the fight talk we talked about. I told him it’ll take me three years to get him ready for you,” Roach said.

As the Pacman adds on to his political career, Roach is busy training his contenders and champions like Postol and Zou Shiming.

The Hall of Fame trainer will not be far from Filipinos either as the ALA fighters have begun training at the Wild Car for their upcoming U.S. fights.

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