Roach says Pacquiao ‘needs to prove himself’ before possible Mayweather rematch

LOS ANGELES – Coach Freddie Roach hit the gym for his media workout with Ukrainian Viktor Postol and while they get ready for Postol’s October 3rd fight against Lucas Matthyssethe but the Hall of Fame trainer couldn’t dodge questions about his star Filipino student Manny Pacquiao.

ESPN reported that Bob Arum had reached out to Juan Manuel Marquez about a fifth rematch against Pacquiao.

Roach told reporters that he would be open to a fifth match against Marquez saying that fans would get their money’s worth if they fought again.

But Roach did admit that he’d rather wait to see Pacquiao’s shoulder heal before looking into a rematch against the recently retired Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“I don’t think they need to,” said Roach. “I think Manny needs to prove himself. First, he has to have a good win in his next fight and maybe then they can have a rematch but I think he has to prove that’s he’s healthy and still the top fighter. His next fight he has to look good in it then we can talk a Mayweather rematch.”

Earlier this month revelations were made that Mayweather had received IV fluids on the eve of the May 2nd megabout against Pacquiao.

“I don’t follow that too much,” said Roach. “I don’t know about the drugs. I don’t know what benefit that would give you so if something gets done about it. I don’t really care. If people have to take drugs to be their best, I think they should quit this sport.”

Roach admits that the winner of the October 3rd fight between Matthysse and Postol would be a good matchup for a returning Pacquiao.

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