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Pedro Diaz Willing To Join The Corner of Juanma

By Miguel Rivera

As reported a few days ago, former two division champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez (33-3, 30KOs) confirmed that he is currently considering the possibility of hiring Cuban coach Pedro Diaz, who previously trained Juanma's countryman Miguel Cotto, and currently trains Guillermo Rigondeaux and Odlanier Solis. Juanma and Diaz have been discussing the details and their talks are ongoing. Juanma wants to return later this year or in early 2014.

"My philosophy is simple: every athlete requires discipline, dedication and desire. If you don't have those three things, then you do not talk to me," Diaz told Carlos Gonzalez.

"Juanma and Orlando Peñeiro, his manager, said they wanted to talk to me about working with them. I have my gym in Miami, Florida, and it would be nice to sit down to hear their plans. Juanma is a great competitor and he still has something to give. I think we can agree there is always a possibility [of coming together]. I'm not really looking for boxers because I have a job, but if they want to talk to me - I am willing to listen. Based on the proposal, I would be hired in addition to Alex Caraballo, who is still the coach of Juanma and I respect that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 09-26-2013

Pedro says he requires three things, "discipline, dedication and desire," or "don't even bother talking" to him. So why's he still training Solis? lol

Comment by mike gonzalez on 09-26-2013

If you don't know defense, you will not win, you will just become a punching bag. Wear and tear = retirement, or you will risk brain damage even some more.

Comment by DannYankee on 09-25-2013

Do your best Mr Diaz nothing short of a Miracle would bring Juanma back from the zombie land. If you ask me it's too little too late.

Comment by chubano on 09-25-2013

Juanma needs like year with Diaz, to change the old habits take time. First juanma needs to learn how to move, how to work he three distances and get a sound defence, all these take time. :boxing:

Comment by Southpawology on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=oc9979;13781200]What's the point of bringing Pedro Diaz if you still going to have the same crappy trainer(Alex Caraballo) in your corner.[/QUOTE] yeah thats dumb so he wouldnt even be the head trainer he would just be like an assistant trainer

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