Roach, Arum not fans of Pacquiao-Cotto rematch

Posted at 06/11/14 8:40 PM

Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum and Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach are not in favor of a rematch between Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao defeated Cotto when they fought for the first time in 2009, winning via 12th round technical knockout in a highly competitive, entertaining fight that was held at 145-pounds.

Since then, Pacquiao has mostly competed at welterweight, or 147 pounds, while Cotto has risen to the middleweight division (160 pounds). Just last weekend, he won a middleweight title belt by defeating Argentina's Sergio Martinez.

Roach, who now trains both Pacquiao and Cotto, doesn’t want to see a rematch and doesn’t think it will happen anyway, since the two compete at different weight divisions now.

"I'm kind of glad that they're growing out of each other's weight classes, so I don't have to worry about it so much," Roach said, as quoted by Boxing Scene.

But the respected trainer did concede that Cotto would "give Manny a lot more trouble" now than he did in 2009.

Meanwhile, Arum all but dismissed the notion of a rematch. "I ain't going there," the promoter said. "Manny is my fighter. I'm not going there."

Pacquiao himself has said the rematch is unlikely, giving the same reasons that his trainer did.

"Hayaan mo na siyang mag-enjoy sa timbang na iyon," he said.

Pacquiao noted that he immediately left the 154-pound division (light-middleweight) after fighting Antonio Margarito.

"Sa 160 na siguro (si Cotto). 154 nga, iniwana ko nga after Margarito, kasi masyadong malaki lang," he said.

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