Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who is currently working with the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, believes to negotiate with Floyd Mayweather junior would become easy, if his man could knockout Miguel Cotto at 150lbs once again in their rematch.
Pacquiao has not announced his return to the ring as of yet but Roach is eyeing to set up a potential rematch with the Puerto Rican fighter, Cotto, as he thinks it would help in setting up a mega-fight with the undefeated American legend Mayweather junior, who is the current WBC Welterweight Champion, WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion and recipient of the WBC Diamond belt.
Mayweather, who has recently been released from the prison, doesn’t want to offer a 50-50 split to the Filipino boxing icon since he feels he is the biggest draw in the sport. However, Roach thinks a win over Cotto will put them in a much stronger position to negotiate.
“Marquez, we’ve already done three times. Cotto makes the most sense to me because he just went the distance with Mayweather.
“If we can knock him out again at 150, which he said yes to, and if we could knock him out again, our negotiating power with Mayweather would be a little stronger.”
Pacquiao dropped to number two in the pound-for-pound rankings and lost his WBO welterweight title on June 9 after he lost to Timothy Bradley, in a fight which ended up in a storm of controversy.
Many out there want Pacquiao to beat Bradley in a rematch but Roach doesn’t feel a bout with Bradley will sell.
“I feel there’s no need for that fight because the whole word knows we beat him (Bradley)” Said Freddie Roach during an interview with Examiner.com.
“I was never upset (about the decision) – It’s part of life. Manny hugged me after the fight and said ‘It’s ok, we’ll get him next time’. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Well, all said and done, Cotto is currently set to face Austin Trout on December 1 at the Madison Square Garden in New York but let’s see if he sets up a fight with Pacquiao afterwards.