Cotto confident he can out-fox Pacquiao in rematch, Steward agrees but Roach is not keen

8 Dec

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Miguel Cotto avenged the first defeat on his record by trouncing tough Mexican hombre Antonio Margarito and now the Puerto Rican intends on rectifying his only other blemish by pursuing a rematch with fist-swinging Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao. Cotto’s former trainer, Emanuel Steward, believes it would be a tough match for Pacman but there are “bigger fish to fry” according to Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach.

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Cotto produced a career-best performance against Tony. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I have no doubt about it [that I would beat Pacquiao in a rematch],” said Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) to Primera Hora‘s Esteban Pagan. “With the right encouragement and with the people that are now in my team, we have no doubt about that.”

Pacquiao v Cotto I was a 2009 welterweight contest fought at a 144lb catchweight. Reigning WBO titlist Cotto had bounced back from what was then his only defeat, against Margarito, by stopping Michael Jennings prior to edging Joshua Clottey. Pacquiao was arguably at the tail-end of the zenith of his powers and brutally annihilated the Puerto Rican, stopping him in the final round.

Since then, Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) has appeared to have declined, particularly in the current calendar year where he laboured to victory over Shane Mosley and then, most recently, struggled to overcome Juan Manuel Marquez in the third installment of their pugilistic saga, obtaining an unconvincing points victory.

As Cotto is coming off the back of such a masterclass, a second go at Pacquiao – despite the way the first fight panned out – could bear fruit to an alternative result, something not lost on Cotto’s former head cornerman Steward, who told the Examiner: “(Cotto) is boxing better and not keeping his head down so much. Now that he’s not having to kill himself to make weight, if they [Miguel and Manny] fought at the proper weight, about 150 or more, I think he has a good chance.”

He continued: “I think it would be a rough fight… It would be a tough fight for Manny.”

Pacquiao, though, is spoiled for choices for his next opponent. There is the highly-lucrative, eagerly-anticipated and mouthwatering prospect of meeting fellow top two pound-for-pound boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 5, 2012, a back-up plan to potentially be aligned with Marquez for a fourth time or even fighting undefeated American Timothy Bradley, a world champion at super lightweight who Bob Arum’s promotional firm Top Rank Boxing acquired earlier in the year.

Freddie Roach perhaps bears these candidates in mind when he mentioned that “there are bigger fish to fry” for his premier charge as he and Cotto “have already fought”.

For Roach, there has been one fighter who he has long wanted Pacquiao to box and that is Mayweather Jr.

Related article: Cotto avenges his first loss by teekayoing teak tough Margarito

Related article: Referee Smoger praises Margarito and Cotto’s warrior instinct, stoppage was due to doctors orders

Related article: Fight Photos: Cotto v Margarito II – the shots, the victory, the emotionless celebration

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5 Responses to “Cotto confident he can out-fox Pacquiao in rematch, Steward agrees but Roach is not keen”

  1. gentlemanjeff December 9, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    I don’t think Margarito had a chance against Cotto in either fight. Cotto did better against Pacquaio and Mosley because he’s a better fighter. On all levels except chin and possibly stamina, he surpasses Margarito. I think Cotto-Margarito II was proof that Margarito loaded his gloves the night of their first fight. The bleeding and swelling were surprising then, suspicious after the Mosley fight, and incriminating now. Cotto isn’t an elite level fighter but the main reason he’s looked so old in recent fights is because of the trauma he endured from Margarito’s plastered hand wraps. Cotto deserves a couple more B+ level fights to round out his career and his legacy. I have no interest in seeing him in there with firepower like Pacquiao’s again.

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