Roach doesn’t want to see Cotto take another beating from Pacquiao
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t want to see WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) beat up on Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) again and is really hoping that Bob Arum selects a different opponent for Pacquiao’s next fight in June rather than having Cotto get another shot.
Roach told RingTV “I’d rather see Bradley, because the Cotto thing is probably going to end the same way, I think. At least with Tim Bradley, he has two pretty good punches and a really good headbutt, so that’s something different to be concerned about.”
A Cotto-Pacquiao fight may be a problem to put together because Pacquiao has already said he won’t fight above 147lbs, and Cotto is reportedly talking about not wanting to move all the way down to 147 to fight.
Cotto fought Pacquiao at a catchweight that Pacquiao wanted last time they fought when Cotto agreed to a 145lb catchweight, even though he was the champion and Pacquiao was the challenger. Cotto likely doesn’t care about winning the WBO strap because he’ll have a hard time defending it anyway due to his struggles of getting down to that weight.
Cotto never had a chance against Pacquiao in their November 2009 fight, losing by a 12th round TKO. Cotto hit the canvas twice early and had to fight defensively to make it to the 12th.
Arum likes the idea of putting Pacquiao back in with Cotto because of the money that the fight can make. Cotto’s a big star with a lot of fans, and Pacquiao would do well in terms of PPV buys for that fight. However, it would likely not be an interesting fight for boxing fans because Cotto was dominated so badly last time they fought. Personally, Cotto is the last guy I’d like to see Pacquiao fight. He’s had too many wars, cuts easily and seems to fall apart when pressured hard for more than nine rounds. I’d rather see Pacquiao in with Juan Manuel Marquez, Lamont Peterson, Bradley, Kell Brook, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, or Mike Jones.