'Healthy' Manny would KO Money - Roach

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MANILA, Philippines - Still not convinced with how Manny Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended up, Freddie Roach said the outcome would have been different if his ward wasn't injured.

In a report by Joseph Herron of Fight Saga, Roach admitted that he still can't get over Pacquiao's unanimous decision loss to Mayweather last May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"I'm still not over that fight. I still wonder about it. I would have liked to have had Manny with two good hands, but he re-injured the right arm in the fourth round and we just had to do the best we could from that point on," the bespectacled trainer recently told reporters during Miguel Cotto's media workout in Los Angeles.

Roach is back to work, this time helping Cotto prepare for his WBC middleweight title defense against Daniele Geale on June 6. He said he's still feeling the effects of the work he did with Pacquiao in the latter's preparation for Mayweather.

"The whole experience with the media, the fight itself, the injuries, the doctorsÂ…there was a lot of emotion with the entire event," Roach added.

Questions about boxing's richest fight didn't elude Roach, and the seven-time Trainer of the Year awardee stressed that  Pacquiao would have taken Mayweather out if the Filipino icon didn't injure his right shoulder.

"I don't hear anything about anyone making a rematch with Mayweather right now, but with two good hands, I think Manny would have knocked him out," he explained.

Instead, Pacquiao fought Mayweather with a torn rotator cuff, which he sustained in training weeks before the fight. Roach recalled seeing Pacquiao in good form right before the bout.

"In the dressing room before the fight, I was happy with the way he was throwing the right hook. I didn't think it would be a problem during the fight. But he did re-injure it in the fourth roundÂ…those things happen," he said.

"He (Pacquiao) told me after the round that he injured his shoulder, but I had no idea what that meant. I didn't know the extent of the injury. I couldn't really tell how hurt he was at the time, so I just told him to keep putting pressure on him and to catch him in the corners or against the ropes if he could. But Mayweather's a very crafty guy and he kind of outsmarted us a little bit," continued Roach.

Mayweather would outbox Pacquiao to become the unified WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight champion, but Roach still isn't fully sold on it.

"Most of the fans in the arena told me we got robbed," Roach said. "And at the airport, 99 percent of the people told me 'we won the fight'. But I haven't re-watched the fight yet, so I can't tell you what I think about it."

"But after the fight, I thought it could have gone either way."  

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