Cotto: “Hey Roach, I’m not De La Hoya at the end of his Career or an Overrated Hatton” – News
By Manuel Perez: World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Miguel Cotto had some bold words for Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach in an interview with Primera Hora, saying “Hey Roach, I have some news. I am not Oscar De La Hoya at the end of his career. I am not the overrated Ricky Hatton. Roach knows what Pacquiao will be facing on November 14th. It will be a war. So there it is. Cotto has unleashed the dogs of war and let Roach know what time it is.
Cotto cut straight to truth about Pacquiao’s cherry picking of opponents. Pacquiao has been built up in the past year from two fights – De La Hoya and Hatton – and in both cases, Pacquiao was fighting pretty much empty opponents who had little left by the time Pacquiao fought them.
The unknowing public, most of who only have a basic child like knowledge of boxing, had no clue that De La Hoya was shot and weight drained and that Hatton had seen better days many moons ago and just jumped on board the Pacquiao band wagon, positioning him as the number #1 fighter in all of boxing.
Boxing fans seemed to have missed that fight because if they did, Marquez would likely be the fighter that they would be crowing about right now and not Pacquiao.
This is going to be an enjoyable fight because Pacquiao it will give fans a chance to see how good Pacquiao is, after wins over De La Hoya and Hatton. Cotto starts tagging him with bigger shots than Pacquiao has ever been hit with before.
De La Hoya had nothing by the time he fought Pacquiao. He was just a half starved relic from his past glory days and in no real condition to compete in an athletic contest. Because of his crazy diet to make weight, De La Hoya had nothing left by the time he entered the ring against Pacquiao and had no power with which to hit Pacquiao. So right off the bat, Pacquiao got off easy in that fight and didn’t fight the real De La Hoya in my view.
And as I said previously in my recent breakdown of the November 14th Cotto-Pacquiao fight, Hatton was knocked out too quickly to land more than a handful of his power shots against Pacquiao. He still hit him a few times and seemed to stun Pacquiao at one point in the 1st round from a powerful hook to the head.
Cotto is going to have Roach and Pacquiao looking bad in this fight. We’re going to have to remove Roach’s status of the Nostradamus of boxing and give him a more down to earth title after this one is through.