Roach: Pacquiao must take break

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 12:56 GMT

Trainer Freddie Roach has urged Manny Pacquiao not to fight again for nine months in the wake of last weekend's defeat.

Manny Pacquiao: Roach says he needs to take a break
Manny Pacquiao: Roach says he needs to take a break

Pacquiao was floored by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their welterweight clash in Las Vegas, appearing to be knocked out cold by the ferocity of the short-armed punch.

There has been talk of him returning to the ring in the late spring but Roach feels his man should take more of a conservative approach.

"April or May is way too soon," Roach said.

"We will sit down for the next decision. But in my opinion, I believe he should get some rest. Don't rush it. There are many things to talk about and many options to consider.

"You get hit with a shot like that and maybe you had a concussion. I wouldn't be thinking of a fight until maybe September. That's my idea of the soonest."

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