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Marquez's Coach Has No Issue With Immediate Cotto Bout

By Elisinio Castillo

Trainer Nacho Beristain, who works with former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs), has no problem with an immediate fight against Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KOs).

The idea of the fight first came about when Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach, called Marquez 'the perfect opponent' for the Puerto Rican star's next return.

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.

With nearly two years of inactivity, Nacho says a fighter like Marquez would not require any tuneups - he can hit training camp and go straight into a Cotto fight.

"[Marquez] has never closed the door [on fighting again] and he's made no decision to retire from boxing," Nacho told Fox Deportes. "I have not spoken with Juan Manuel for three months, but I know him and he's never had any problems with inactivity. He can still return straight to training."

"I do not rule out [this version of Marquez] being capable of fighting against Cotto. If [Marquez] returns to the ring, I don't think it is unreasonable to do it with an opponent of that level. It would be a good fight, given their styles."

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

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 BennyST on 01-12-2016

[QUOTE=-Hyperion-;16384000]People writing Marquez off too easily....One of his trademark uppercuts lands, and Cotto will be doing the chicken dance... Marquez always takes punishment, but his biggest gift is that his calmness allows him to land very hard counter punchers in…

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 01-12-2016

Man I really, really hope this fight doesn't happen. Im holding out hope for Cotto vs Maidana in June, then Cotto vs Bradley in December. We haven't heard from either Cotto (he usualy never speaks on his next opponent until…

Comment by therealpugilist on 01-11-2016

As a fan of both fighters, this fight makes zero sense besides capitalizing on their names and national ties the size disparity and JMM leg and age make this fight a blip on my boxing radar...they both should be fighting…

Comment by fredhopple on 01-11-2016

Cotto beat the middleweight champ Sergio. Now Cotto wants to fight little Juan Marquez the 43yr old 140lb used and abused little Mexican?? Smart fight for Roach and Cotto almost like a breather fight a given win. Marquez is a…

Comment by Rovi on 01-11-2016

Everytime i see Cotto i say to myself "a proper boxer", you know; not philly shield, peekaboo, or southpaw, doesn't have anything flashy, looks like a rock. I love that dude's fights.

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