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Freddie Roach Says Mayweather Doesn't Really Want To Fight Pacquiao, He Just Needs The Money

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Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: it does sound like this fight is actually going to happen.

Freddie Roach joined 790 the Zone in Atlanta with Mayhem in the AM to talk about whether or not a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao will actually happen, if Pacquiao's promoter is currently negotiating a deal to fight Mayweather, how things could change based on Mayweather's jail sentence, whether or not he thought Pacquiao was distracted in his last fight, and why he thinks Mayweather is calling Pacquiao out.


Whether or not a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao will actually happen:
"It would be nice. The thing is we've been calling this guy out for two years now and all of the sudden something changed and they want to go on that date now. He thinks he's gonna call all the shots now. In the Philippines right now negotiating with Manny and trying to work that out."

If they are negotiating a fight against Mayweather:
"Yes. (Host: On May 5th of this year?) They're talking about May or June. There's two dates out there right now but which one I'm not sure. Again Bob (Arum) is in the Philippines and they're talking."

How Mayweather's jail sentence affects a possible fight against Pacquiao:
"When he gets his jail sentence we're looking in a different direction again because we're not gonna sit around and wait for him so we did make some obligations with some people. They are negotiating those deals out now and hopefully this thing happens."

Whether or not he thought Pacquiao was distracted in his last fight:
"His mind just wasn't there. I know that's why I want a big fight with Mayweather, something he can get up for. I don't think we'll have any problem with that fight if it does happen."


If he thinks Mayweather really wants the fight against Pacquiao:
"No, I think he needs money. (Host: As long is the fight happens I don't think people will care.) I agree. Everywhere I go in the world people say make that fight happen. We're doing the best we can to make it happen and boxing needs a fight like that right now."

Where the fight could take place:
"Well the thing is someone in Dubai made an offer for 100 million apiece. (Host: Someone made an offer for 100 million apiece?) Yup. (Host: How does it not happen in Dubai then?) Because Mayweather says he wants to fight in Vegas. He will go where the money is. I think Dallas is maybe a good site also because we will sell that place out no problem. It is the fight of the year. You go where the dollars make the most sense of course."


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