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