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Bradley's Trainer Talks Pacquiao-Cotto, Peterson, More

By Chris Robinson

Whatever path he chooses, it seems to be a lock that Miguel Cotto is going to find himself in a very big fight the next time he set foot inside of the ring.

The reigning WBA junior middleweight champion of the world, Cotto is coming off of a TKO victory over Antonio Margarito in a grudge rematch that saw him land with precise blows throughout while busting up the Tijuana fighter’s right eye so severely that the fight was stopped a few seconds into the tenth round.
 
And while Cotto had systematically dispatched former champions Ricardo Mayorga and Yuri Foreman prior to the Margarito sequel, leaving many with the impression that his career has been revived, not everyone is sold.
 
Joel Diaz, trainer to undefeated junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley, feels that Cotto’s recent struck has been just as much based on the level of competition he has faced compared to anything else. Of course Diaz has a peculiar interest in Cotto, seeing as though the Puerto Rican and Bradley are two of the top candidates having been rumored for a crack at Manny Pacquiao sometime this coming summer, along with Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson.
 
So while he may have a slight bias towards his fighter, the Southern California trainer’s words are worth note.
 
I recently caught up with Diaz to see where Team Bradley stood with all the latest rumors swirling in the Pacquiao sweepstakes. Diaz shared why fights for Pacquiao with the likes of Cotto, Peterson, and Marquez make less sense and offered up an explanation why Floyd Mayweather isn’t a likely name at this point either.
 
In his own words, this is what Diaz had to share…

Not expecting Pacquiao-Mayweather to happen anytime soon…
“I’m not really following up with most of the news that’s going on, because at the end of the day the promoters are the ones that finalize the deals. All I know is that, as far as I’m concerned and what I think, Mayweather and Pacquiao will not fight sometime soon. I think they’ll fight at the end of the year. To me, the way it seems, I think Mayweather’s going to fight someone else besides Pacquiao. And then, towards the end of the year, more likely they’re going to end up fighting each other. Team Bradley is on standby.”

The best possible offer…
“I think the best possible offer would be us fighting Manny Pacquiao sometime in April or May. It makes no sense bringing up Peterson. Don’t get me wrong, he really earned the spot up there after beating Khan. But Bradley beat Peterson.”

No point in Pacquiao-Marquez IV…
“What’s the point of having Pacquiao fight Marquez again? We’ve already seen them three times. They know each other well, and I know if they fight, it will be a similar fight like the third one.”

Another beating from Pacquiao if Cotto steps to the plate again…
“They mentioned Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. What’s the point of watching a fight like that again? He put a beating on Cotto. Cotto’s not getting younger. He’s slower than a couple years ago. All we’re going to see is another beating from Manny Pacquiao.”

Using common sense when discussing Tim Bradley…
“Common sense, if you want to prepare Manny Pacquiao for a fight with Floyd Mayweather, the candidate is Tim Bradley. Fast, undefeated, young fighter. Who knows, if we set up a good plan and we walk in that ring physically and mentally well-prepared, who knows, with a good plan, we can beat Manny Pacquiao. But who knows if Bradley can beat Pacquiao if we don’t get the chance. Timothy might not have the power to hurt Manny Pacquiao but he has the skills and the ability to maybe outbox him.”

Earning the spot…
“I don’t know what people want to see, I know they want to see the best fights out there. I just know that Timothy, with his performances, he has earned a spot just by the fact that he’s still undefeated, to be up there against the best fighters in the world.”

Not impressed by Cotto’s victory over Antonio Margarito…
“He beat Margarito, but they should have gave Margarito the benefit of the doubt to finish the fight. To be honest with you, that was Margarito’s best round and they stopped him in that round. But look, Margarito’s eye was pretty damaged, he was a slower fighter. It took a lot out of Margarito after he lost to Pacquiao. That win was okay.”

Why Cotto’s recent opposition has played a factor in his performances…
“Before that he fought Yuri Foreman. Yuri Foreman, good skill, no power whatsoever. And even though he won those three fights, the opposition that he’s faced is completely different. It’s not that he’s getting better, he’s getting older. It’s just the opposition he’s faced has made him look good. But as soon as he steps in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, who is very relentless and very intense, it’s very different.”

Waiting to see what happens…
“Timothy’s on call. He’s been staying in shape. I talk to him at least twice a week. He hasn’t been coming to the gym yet but he’s been doing his roadwork, he’s doing his conditioning training. But every time I speak to him, he’s just waiting for his manager to give him a call. And we’re just waiting to see what’s going to happen with Pacquiao, Mayweather and all these names that are out there.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-18-2012

[QUOTE=iloveboxing2;11678558]Joel does makes sense, Pac will benefit if he chooses to fight Tim. The only reason why Arum will not make this fight is, Bob has too much to lose. If Pac loses to Tim the so is the Floyd…

Comment by iloveboxing2 on 01-17-2012

Joel does makes sense, Pac will benefit if he chooses to fight Tim. The only reason why Arum will not make this fight is, Bob has too much to lose. If Pac loses to Tim the so is the Floyd…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-17-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;11677013]It's looking to be either Lamont or Bradley right now. I don't think they can come to terms with Cotto and people are not prattling for [B]a 4th Marquez fight.[/B][/QUOTE] What is hilarious...... Is that [B]IMMEDIATELY[/B] after Pac/JMM III fight,…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-17-2012

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;11676792]TALK TALK TALK....time for damn fighting.[/QUOTE] "[I]oh but my cut, oh the stadium, the date is wrong, need investors, I have itchy vagina[/I]" Looking forward to the Peterson fight fanboy ?

Comment by ~AK49~ on 01-17-2012

1.) Manny pacquiao aint getting younger/faster either chief. In fact, it seems he has visibly been slowin down lately. Maybe its age, maybe he just wanted to be more stationary. I dunno why, but it is what it is. 2.)…

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