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Roach eager for Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch
AFP, Los Angeles :
Trainer Freddie Roach said Wednesday he hopes Manny Pacquiao can set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino legend takes care of business against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas this month.
Roach told reporters he was still bothered by Pacquiao's defeat to Mayweather in their 2015 clash, which was hyped as the "Fight of the Century" but ultimately left boxing fans disappointed.
Pacquiao later said a shoulder injury had hampered his performance during the 12-round defeat, while Mayweather headed into retirement later that year with an unblemished record. Pacquiao, who retired briefly in 2016 only to return later that year, has continued to fight on, however.
The 40-year-old Filipino will attempt to capture the World Boxing Association welterweight crown on July 20 when he faces unbeaten American champion Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand.
Roach, Pacquiao's trainer for the bulk of his two-decade career, hopes that a victory over Thurman could pave the way for a rematch with Mayweather if he can be persuaded to step into the ring once more.