Freddie's Fall Features Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez, Amir Khan
Four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach is in for an extremely busy fall.
Soon, the 50-year-old proprietor of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. will be leaving for an overseas trip to the Ukraine, where he will be coaching that country's WBA welterweight (147 pounds) champ Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 knockouts) in his Aug. 30 defense against Venezuela's Charlie Jose Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs) to be held in Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine.
Roach will be back in America for a short time, only to leave on Sept. 15 for the Philippines, where he will begin training Filipino star, seven-division king, and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) titlist Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) for a Nov. 13 junior middleweight (154 pounds) bout opposite ex-champ Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs).
Pacquiao-Margarito is for the WBC's vacant belt and will take place at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, affording the southpaw Pacquiao a shot at his eighth crown in as many different weight classes.
Joining Roach on his trip to the Philippines will be unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) and middleweight (160 pounds) fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs).
Martirosyan and Chavez will train alongside Pacquiao for what are their planned, Dec. 4 bouts, respectively, against Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 knockouts) and WBA junior middleweight champ Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs).
New York's Madision Square Garden appears to be the early favorite to play host to Cotto-Chavez, and, Martirosyan-Wolak, although the MGM Grand in Las Vegas also has been mentioned.
Roach also trains WBA junior welterweight (140 pounds) king Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs), of England, who will be in action on Dec. 11 in a major fight either in England or the United States.
Top Rank Promotions has Pacquiao, Chavez and Martirosyan, and Golden Boy Promotions has Khan.
Roach would like to see Khan against either WBA and WBO lightweight (135 pounds) champ Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs), or junior welterweight titlists Tim Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) of the WBO, southpaw Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), of the WBC and IBF, or interim WBA king Marcos Rene Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs).
"Any one of those guys out there -- Maidana, Bradley, Alexander. I feel like Amir Khan could beat them all in one night," said Roach. "It doesn't really matter. They're not the best guys out there. Amir Khan is."
Of the trio of Pacquiao, Chavez and Martirosyan, Roach said the training should feature "high quality sparring for all three guys."
"Pacquiao has the first fight, so he'll benefit from fighting bigger guys," said Roach. "They have different styles, and so forth, but Chavez Jr. is a durable guy like Margarito."
Although Pacquiao dethroned Cotto as WBO titlist by 12th-round knockout in November, Roach said that doesn't necessarily give Chavez Jr. a beneficial scouting advantage by practicing against Pacquiao.
"Manny is a southpaw," said Roach. "So it's a whole new ball of wax."