Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Roach doesn't want Cotto-Pacquiao Rematch

By Alon Calinao Dy: After the impressive performance of Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto over former WBC champion Sergio Martinez last week at the Madison Square Garden in New York, USA, legendary trainer Freddie Roach does not see any possibilities that both his fighters Cotto and Pacquiao are going to fight for the second time, for Filipino boxing icon to win his ninth world boxing crown.

According to some reports, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum is trying hard to persuade Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez to fight superstar Pacquiao for a fifth time. However, fans say that Marquez is asking for $20 million, which is a huge amount of money that would eventually cut the purse of Pacquiao if he is going to agree to this demand.

But according to Pacquiao’s avid fans, this is too much for Marquez since he lost to Timothy Bradley a year ago. Furthermore, this just shows that Marquez is no longer interested for another bout against his long-time rival Pacquiao. Although Marquez always brings huge Mexican followers, Pacquiao’s camp believes that the Filipino congressman is clearly the one who brings more PPV buys than Marquez.

Therefore, Marquez should not be asking for more this time around if he really wants to face Pacquiao once again. The truth is, I still would want to see them in the ring together, because many fight fans till now are asking for this fight, as they are saying that Marquez won by chance.

Other possible opponents who are link to Pacquiao are Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan, Floyd MayweatherJr, and Danny Garcia. But Alvarez is not going to fight Pacquiao at the catch-weight since he is naturally a bigger boxer than the Filipino fighter. Also, Khan and Mayweather are no longer available for the Filipino champ since there are reports that they might meet each other in November. This only leaves to two boxers, it is either Marquez or Garcia.

In short, it is not possible that Pacquiao and Cotto are going to fight in the future since Roach is not keen to see his two elite boxers fighting each other. Yet, the only thing I see there is a chance for Cotto-Pacquiao rematch if the Puerto Rican replaces Roach as his coach. I believe Freddie will not leave Pacquiao since the two have long-time friendship, as they treat each other like father and son.