Roach: Floyd a bigger problem for Pacquiao

Posted at 12/09/2011 7:14 PM | Updated as of 12/10/2011 6:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach admitted that that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will pose strategic problems against Manny Pacquiao.

Roach said in Boxingscene.com that the controversial Mayweather has some similarities with Juan Manuel Marquez.

"He is a good counter-puncher and his style does give us trouble. He does have some Marquez similarities but he's actually a lot faster than Marquez so he does pose a bigger problem," he said.

Roach said Pacquiao would need to use every trick in the book to beat Mayweather. "I think Mayweather will bring out the best in Manny,” he said.

Negotiations are now reportedly taking place for the Pacquiao-Mayweather superfight.

Pacquiao said negotiators are just ironing out the minor details for the fight, which could occur in May 2012.