Legendary boxing coach, Freddie Roach is sure that Floyd Mayweather will return to the boxing ring in 2019 to take on the winner of Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner.
“Money” Mayweather returned to the ring on New Year’s Eve for a three-round exhibition bout with Tenshin Nasukawa under the Rizin banner. Mayweather ended the fight inside the first round, knocking down his 20-year-old opponent three times before his corner threw the towel in.
Roach believes that Mayweather’s decision to take on the exhibition bout was partly due to him missing the limelight, which is exactly why he will want to take on the winner Pacquiao/Broner.
“I feel a hundred per cent that is why he did this,” Roach told BoxingScene.com.
“He wants to be on TV so badly. He misses it. He’s actually a normal person and a nice guy when you’re one-on-one, without a camera on him. But you give him a camera, he’s not the nicest guy in the world.”
Roach also feels that both Pacquiao and Broner have their sights set on Mayweather after January 19.
“I think both guys have that in their minds.” Roach said
“I’m sure Mayweather will wanna fight the winner of this fight. That’s why we definitely have to win this fight. We know that, and we’re ready to do that.”
Pacquiao’s coach believes that the Filipino has no choice but to put on a performance against Broner if Mayweather is to grant him a rematch of their 2015 fight which brought in over $600 million in revenue.
“Mayweather looked really good knocking that little kid out,” Roach said of his three-knockdown, first-round stoppage of Nasukawa in their exhibition Monday in Saitama, Japan.
“The thing is, Manny needs to be impressive in this fight. I feel he’s right there. I watched tapes of his last fight and I watched it live on TV. He fought a very, very good fight – one of the best fights he’s fought in a long time. He just has to duplicate that, and that’s definitely possible.”