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Arum: Against Roach's Cotto, Mayweather Has No Chance

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Bob Arum’s army of critics will consider this the polarizing promoter’s way of dismissing a fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. wouldn’t allow Arum’s Top Rank Inc. to co-promote.

Nevertheless, Arum said he doesn’t think Mayweather will consider a rematch against Miguel Cotto after watching Cotto dominate Sergio Martinez on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

“You got an AK?,” a laughing Arum said early Sunday morning when asked what it would take for Mayweather to consider a Cotto rematch. “I’ll hold it up to Floyd and say, ‘Will you fight Cotto again?’ Are you crazy? He’s afraid to fight Manny. You think he’d fight Cotto?”

Mayweather-Cotto was maybe more competitive than many fight fans expected, but Mayweather won their May 2012 fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas by rather large margins on all three scorecards (118-110, 117-111, 117-111). That 12-rounder was contested at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds, but Mayweather might view a shot at adding a middleweight title to his legacy enough incentive to encounter Cotto again. The 5-foot-7 Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is an inch shorter than Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), but if size is an issue the fight technically would only need to be contested at 154½ pounds for the WBC to sanction it as a middleweight title fight.

That, Arum added, wouldn’t be enough to make Mayweather accept it, either.

“If Cotto, with Freddie Roach, fought Mayweather again it would be no contest,” Arum said. “Mayweather wouldn’t have a [bleeping] chance.”

Puerto Rico’s Cotto improved to 2-0 under Roach’s tutelage by dropping Argentina’s Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) four times on his way to a 10th-round technical knockout win. Cuba’s Pedro Diaz trained Cotto for his loss to Mayweather two years ago.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ericd314 on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=way2strong;14645035]this is why i quit posting look how fukin pathetic fraud stans are its a disgrace to the sport.here they have a easy way for there man to become the lineal middleweight champion of the world versus a guy he…

Comment by Ericd314 on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;14644004]Why would Cotto even waste his time? Hes already beat him once but got robbed and those 1.5 million paydays with no ppv are laughable Cotto would be the A-Side against Canelo and I see that fight doing 1 million…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 06-09-2014

[QUOTE=Evol;14646761]cotto vs pac 2 will never happen unless manny goes and pick a new trainer or something because i dont see cotto leaving roach anytime soon and if he does then it would be because of a bad performance, etc…

Comment by jcruz65 on 06-09-2014

Floydiots still think Floyd is still good, no he is not and he is done already. He has become Showtime's biggest problem and even until today they won't release the official PPV numbers for Floyd's last performance because the PPV…

Comment by big_james10 on 06-09-2014

Every time a fighter has a good performance in the ring, everyone and his brother claim that the fighter could beat Mayweather and Mayweather is scared to fight that individual. Cotto is no better than he was when he first…

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