Bradley’s trainer sees Cotto as a bad choice for Pacquiao
By Dan Ambrose: Joel Diaz, the trainer for WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, feels that WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is a terrible choice to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in his next fight.
Diaz cites the fact that their fight from three years ago was a terrible mismatch and that Cotto has been matched softly since then to make him look better than he actually is as reasons why he shouldn’t be the one that faces Pacquiao in June Diaz obviously feels that his man Bradley should get the fight because he’ll be the best fighter to get Pacquiao prepared for what he’ll be facing if he meets Floyd Maywether Jr. in November.
Diaz told examiner.com “What’s the point of watching a fight [Cotto-Pacquiao] like that again? He put a beating on Cotto. Cotto’s not getting any younger. He’s slower than a couple of years ago. All we’re going to see is another beating from Manny Pacquiao.”
I totally agree with Diaz on that one. All Cotto is going to do is go out and get thrashed in four or five rounds if he tries to actually win the fight instead of running.
Diaz doesn’t think Cotto can handle Pacquiao’s pressure and intensity and feels he’ll break down quickly if he’s put under the kind of pressure that Pacquiao put on him in their previous fight.
Diaz goes on to say that the guys that Arum has put Cotto in with were fighters that made him look good because they weren’t in his class. Cotto fought Yuri Foreman, who couldn’t punch, a 38-year-old Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito. Diaz thought Margarito wasn’t the same fighter after getting beaten by Pacquiao a year before he fought Cotto for the second time. Diaz didn’t like the timing of the Margarito stoppage in the Cotto rematch, which occurred right after Margarito’s best round after the 9th.