Roach on why Boxing Mayweather Jr is harder for Pacquiao than De La Hoya
By Johnny Benz, (Dec 15, 2008)  
There has been a lot of speculation that Floyd Mayweather Jr. could come out of retirement and fight Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach admits he likes that fight and would welcome it. Roach also understands that Mayweather Jr. would be a tougher fight than Oscar De La Hoya was.

Quoted recently in the Grand Rapids Press, Roach stated in regards to Mayweather Jr.: "Mayweather is a much more technical boxer, and he's kind of more of a passive fighter."

Roach added that the way Pacquiao would have to fight, landing combinations and getting out of the way, plus Mayweather's speed would make it a much harder task. Roach stated: "He (Mayweather) likes go to the ropes and lay there and so forth. You know, Manny's thing would have to be land combinations and get out of the way, because Mayweather's got that speed. So it would be a much more difficult task than this one (De La Hoya fight.)"

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