I guess it’s hard to suppress the truth.
When you so blatantly duck a potential opponent -- after being part of a smear campaign waged against a fellow boxer for supposedly ducking you -- even people in your own camp can’t hold their tongues for long.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach admitted that Juan Manuel Marquez should have been his fighter’s opponent of choice for his next bout.
Instead of going with a proven brawler, who has given the Filipino paper champ a million and one problems in the past, Pacquiao opted to go with the easy and sure-to-be-forgettable match with ‘Splenda’ Shane Mosley.
"No, my first option was Marquez. I think he deserved a third fight, but now everything is left up to negotiations," Roach, told the Associated Press.
Marquez and Pacquiao, of course, famously fought to a draw in 2004. Then in 2008, the most hyped boxer in the sport today defeated Marquez in a controversial split decision.
At one point, Marquez so desperately wanted one last shot against an opponent he was sure he could beat, that he traveled to the Philippines to personally demand a rematch from Pacquiao. As is his nature, though, the eight division paper champ turned down the challenge in favor of an easier fight.
Pacquiao will collect a big payday for little to no work against the overmatched Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Again, the only person Pacquiao is really hurting by shirking quality opponents is himself. By accepting easy wins from challengers he has no business giving the time of day to, the Filipino star is only hurting his own legacy.