Roach: No Pacquiao-Cotto rematch
MANILA, Philippines – There will be never be a rematch between Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, especially as the two prize fighters now share a trainer.
Pacquiao defeated Cotto via a 12th round technical knockout when they met in November 2009.
After the fight, Pacquiao became the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world until his recent back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Cotto, meanwhile moved up in weight, won a title in junior welterweight, but has also recently lost back-to-back fights to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout.
Cotto has since hired the services of Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who is most famous for his work with Pacquiao.
In an interview with RingTV, Roach said a rematch between Pacquiao and Cotto is now impossible. [http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/180953-roach-pacquiao-cotto-will-never-fight-again]
“Manny came to watch Miguel (work out at the Wild Card). They’re friends, they shook hands. Manny and Miguel will never fight,” said Roach. “I guarantee you that.”
“Manny and Miguel are very good friends now. Manny came to watch Miguel work out. They’ve had their fight. It’s over,” he added.
Roach further pointed out that Cotto fights at junior welterweight, while Pacquiao fights at welterweight. But it is the boxers’ friendship that will keep the fight from happening.
“Once Manny becomes a friend with somebody, he’ll never fight them. That’s just the way that he is,” he said. “That’s why I can guarantee you that they’ll never fight.”
Roach is instead focused on preparing Cotto for his comeback fight against Delvin Rodriguez, which will be held on October 5.
“Delvin’s got a whole different style than Miguel does. Styles make fights, and we’ve studied tapes and so forth of those fights,” Roach said.