Why Roach doesn't want Pacquiao-Ruslan fight

Posted at 06/11/2014 8:12 PM

Siberian Rocky might hurt Pacquiao, hints Roach


Boxing trainer Freddie Roach is reluctant to have his boxers Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov fight each other and he has a valid reason for opposing the bout.

The boxing Hall of Famer told The Sweet Science that he worries what might happen to his fighters, especially to Pacquiao, if the fight pushes through.

Roach cited that Pacquiao and Provodnikov have been training partners and are thus familiar with their respective fighting styles.

“I've seen them spar a lot. I think I know what might happen,” the American trainer said. “Ruslan is a very dangerous, dangerous guy. He has one punch knockout power. And Pacquiao has been knocked out before. It's not an easy fight.”

Roach, however, admitted in previous reports that he can’t bar the “Siberian Rocky” from pursuing a lucrative fight with the Filipino superstar.

Prior to Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley last April, Provodnikov was reportedly offered $10 million to go toe-to-toe with the fighting congressman.

Roach conceded that it will be hard for Provodnikov to decline such offer.

“I put myself in Ruslan’s shoes: If he’s offered $10 million to fight Manny Pacquiao, can you really say no?” said Roach in Ryan Songalia’s report to RingTV. “It could set him for the rest of his life and his family would be financially secure. It’s something fighters have to worry about.”

“I wouldn’t be mad at him if he accepted the fight,” Roach added, noting that Provodnikov will have to get a new coaching staff if he agrees to fight Pacquiao.

Provodnikov is one of the top choices for Pacquiao’s return bout on November 23. The other two candidates are Juan Manuel Marquez and Carlos Abregu.