Boxing

Manny Pacquiao: Freddie Roach Says No Rematch Because Bradley Can't Sell Tickets

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says no rematch because Bradley can't sell tickets.
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says no rematch because Bradley can't sell tickets.Victor Decolongon/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

It seems as though Timothy Bradley's trainer is not the only one who has a lot to say these days.

International Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach is now joining the fray, as he explains why his fighter will be facing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time rather than Bradley.

"Bradley sold six tickets last time and he'll sell less next time," he said, according to Francisco Guzman of BoxingScene.com.

"That's about [the size] of his audience. That's why we are not fighting him, there's no business [in that fight]. There is no money in that fight."

These comments will surely not sit well with the Bradley camp and the many boxing fans who are fed up with money being the primary concern ahead of the best matchups.

Most observers feel that Pacquiao was robbed of a clear-cut decision win over Bradley in June. There are also many observers who feel that Marquez has a gripe of his own and could just as easily be 3-0 against the Filipino icon as opposed to 0-2-1. 

For his part, Roach was honest that he too did not prefer a fourth fight with Marquez, something that has led many to be critical of Pacquiao. 

"[I wanted Pacquiao to face] someone else. To me [Marquez] was the third [choice]. I'd like to get that Bradley out of the way and redeem ourselves there and all we need to go is get two new judges," Roach said.

He was referring to judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, who controversially scored the bout between Pacquiao and Bradley for "Desert Storm." It was a decision that was widely panned and considered by many to be one of the worst the sport has ever seen.

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