KEY POINTS

  • Freddie Roach said Manny Pacquiao might move up to middleweight and face Gennady Golovkin
  • Golovkin is still expected to fight Canelo Alvarez for the third time in the future
  • Golovkin still wants to fight Canelo and his trainer wants it to happen at the 168-pound division

Gennady Golovkin has recently been linked to a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao, but he is reportedly still looking forward to a third fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

One of the reasons why Pacquiao is a legend in the sport is because he never hesitated to challenge the bigger guys. “Pac-Man” managed to beat most of his big name opponents and made himself an eight-division title holder in the process. And after already proving that he can take on fighters who are way above his weight class, his long-time coach, Freddie Roach, thinks Pacquiao has no plans of slowing down.

In a recent interview on DAZN's "Boxing with Chris Mannix” (via Yahoo Sports), Roach revealed that his championship partner, Pacquiao, still wants to beat the best fighters. Even more shocking is that despite Pacquiao’s age, Roach teased that the Filipino boxing legend might move another weight class to face IBF and IBO middleweight champ Golovkin and the likes.

The Hall of Fame trainer even pointed out that he and Pacquiao have already done it in the past when they moved up to the 147-pound division. At the time, Roach said that moving up to welterweight was “a risk,” but Pacquiao still prevailed. This time, he thinks that the outcome of Pacquiao moving up to middleweight will be no different.

“One thing about Manny: He doesn't just want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys. But the thing is, Manny might want to go a little bit higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who’s supposed to be the best. I would not advise him to go to 160 pounds, no. That would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 was a risk at one time and it worked out really good for us," Roach said.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao trains during a workout session at The Venetian in Macau, Nov. 20, 2014. Photo: Getty Images/ Chris Hyde

Despite being name-dropped by Roach, Golovkin seems to have already set his priorities in his career. “GGG” has been ultimately touted to fight his middleweight nemesis Canelo for the third time around. And as per his trainer Johnathon Banks, who recently spoke to Boxing Scene, Golovkin still wants to fight Canelo and they are hoping to make it happen at the 168-pound division.

"Of course Gennadiy wants to fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez again in the future. Canelo is a pure boxer, so you're not going to bring anything that he hasn't seen before. What we would bring though is a different approach to what you have seen in the past two fights against Canelo. I think G would be happy to face him at 160 or 168 and I honestly believe that if the fight was at 168 it would be an advantage to G as he is naturally the bigger man," Banks said. 

Gnennady Golovkin Canelo Alvare The betting odds for a rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are similar to the odds for their first fight. Pictured: Golovkin punches Alvarez during their middleweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty Images