Time for Mayweather to put up or shut up, says Roach

Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:30am GMT

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach issued a challenge to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, saying the time had come for the undefeated American to decide if he would face the Filipino in the ring.

Boxing fans have long savoured the prospect of a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown, if only to decide the mythical title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

"He (Mayweather) has got to do something," Roach told reporters after Filipino Pacquiao won an eighth world title in an unprecedented eighth weight class by beating Mexico's Antonio Margarito.

"After this great performance by Manny, Mayweather just has to put up or shut up now and move out of the country.

"Let's face it. Manny's way above him at this point because I remember when he (Mayweather) was ducking Margarito and he wouldn't fight him either. If he doesn't fight Manny now, we know this guy should retire."

Mayweather had been expected to meet Pacquiao earlier this year until negotiations collapsed over the American's demand for random drug testing.

American Shane Mosley then stepped in to take the Filipino's place but he was outclassed by Mayweather in a non-title welterweight bout in Las Vegas in May.

That left Mayweather with an unblemished career record of 41-0 with 25 knockouts but even then he was reluctant to commit to a mega-fight with Pacquiao.   Continued...

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