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Freddie Roach: Marquez is Perfect Opponent For Miguel Cotto

By Elisinio Castillo

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has a new fight in his sights, where two legends of the sport would collide at the tail-end of their storied careers.

Roach, who trains former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KOs), is very interested in having his fighter take on Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs). 

Marquez, 42-years-old, has been out of the ring since a May 2014 twelve round decision victory over Mike Alvarado. The boxer had planned several return dates, but he was never able to get them in place due to an ongoing issue with his knee.

Cotto was in the ring last November, when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

Roach has been thinking about the potential options for Cotto's return bout and views Marquez as a perfect opponent.

There is a lot of history between Marquez and Roach. The Mexican veteran fought Roach's top fighter, Manny Pacquiao, on four occasions. In their last fight, in the fall of 2012, Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in six rounds. Since the loss, Roach has been trying to get a fifth fight without success.

"I was thinking of opponents for Miguel Cotto down the line and I think [Marquez] would be a perfect [opponent]. That would be a great fight. When a Puerto Rican and a Mexican get together it's always great. I don't think he wants to fight Manny any more, maybe he's done that enough. But Miguel at the right weight, I think it could be a very interesting fight," Roach told reporter Bernardo Osuna.

The weight is the question. Roach says his fighter can still get down to 147-pounds. Cotto came in at 153.5 [below the junior middleweight limit] for two of his three middleweight fights. Marquez has never weighed higher than 144.5 for any of his welterweight fights.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NachoMan on 01-12-2016

[QUOTE=KnickTillDeaTh;16383082]Let me preface this by saying I hope this fight does not happen. That being said, if anyone deserves to fight a smaller fighter it's Miguel Cotto. The man has made a career of fighting larger fighters. Not to mention…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 01-11-2016

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;16384320]Maidana is retired for good, he is no longer boxing so forget about Maidana. I like the fight Cotto vs Marquez I clamor for that fight since Marquez move up to 147, if Marques is 90% good on that knee…

Comment by Baltimore on 01-11-2016

At what weight though? JMM is too small for Cotto.

Comment by Ray Corso on 01-11-2016

...........back to the old guard one more time? It's past time for both to go! This type of fight does nothing to promote the sport. Two past primes picking up the pennies and it being sold to the fans as…

Comment by whoseyourdaddy on 01-11-2016

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;16382621]If they can do this fight at 147 people will be very interested.[/QUOTE] Or just let Cotto come down to 149 and Marquez at 144.5 still competitive.

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