Why Freddie Roach Says Floyd Mayweather is Scared of Manny Pacquiao Rematch

(CBS Sports Radio) -- Manny Pacquiao will fight WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman this Saturday at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but his trainer, Freddie Roach, isn’t worried. In fact, Roach is already looking ahead.

“I’m already thinking about the next opponent,” Roach said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We want Mayweather. I want Mayweather. He wants Mayweather. Mayweather, come on. Wake up. I hear he’s going to be at the fight. Maybe we’ll hear something at the fight.”

Pacquiao, 40, fought Mayweather, 42, in May 2015. Mayweather won by unanimous decision in a fight that left much to be desired.

Pacquiao wants a rematch.

“I think he’s a little scared,” Roach said of Mayweather. “And after he sees Manny in this fight, he’s going to be really scared.”

Pacquiao has won four of his last five fights, most recently against Adrien Broner in January. Thurman is 29-0 (22 KOs), but Roach isn’t impressed.

When asked what worried him about Thurman, Roach said, “Not much.”

“I’ve studied his tapes,” Roach said. “I think back a while ago he was a pretty good fighter, but you watch his last three fights, he’s fading and fading and fading more each time. The holes are right there. His defense is terrible. He’s a lot slower than he used to be.”

Roach anticipates an easy victory for Pacquiao.

“His work ethic is great, his desire is great – like he said the other day, ‘I feel like I’m 22,’” Roach said. “We have an agreement together: once you show any signs of being old, it’s over. He’s not even close. . . . I feel he’s going to destroy this guy.”