Roach Budges, Says "145" is Good For Pacquiao

By Mark Vester

Freddie Roach, trainer of Manny Pacquiao, has budged on his demand of making Miguel Cotto drop down to 143-pounds for a fight with Manny Pacquiao on November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Several days ago, Roach told media members that 143 was the weight he wanted the fight to take place. Cotto's nutritionist told Top Rank's Bob Arum that Miguel could only get down, in safe fashion, to a weight of 144-145 at most.

Arum recently called Roach, the two spoke about the fight and 145 appears to be the target weight for the bout.

"Arum called me and I told him that I don't have any problems with the fight being at 145 pounds. In fact I don't care if Cotto wants to weigh 200 pounds," Roach told Primera Hora . "I trust my fighter, so I care very little about the weight issues. I have not talked to Manny, who will make the final decision. He is a big man who makes his own decisions. All I can do is give it my recommendation."

One recommendation is for Pacquiao to make more money than in his previous fight with Ricky Hatton in May. Pacquiao is said to have made around $12 million for that bout.

"Obviously we want to see Manny get paid higher than in the previous fight. There is no reason to step back in terms of money, so those details will be discussed," said Roach.

Gabriel Peñagarícano, the legal adviser to Cotto, told the paper that a lot of things need to be agreed upon before the deal is closed.

"I'm not surprised that [Roach] has accepted the weight of 145 pounds, but that is only one of several items that will be discussed and it's taken at least two weeks to complete. There are a list of issues are being discussed."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PR#1_COTTO on 06-24-2009

They need to sign the contract already .war cotto

Comment by RODHOOK on 06-24-2009

[b][/b] i think that mr. Roach should pay more attention to the weight issue. Manny's frame is only so big , where does he draw the line ?

Comment by Del Coqui on 06-24-2009

Riskier fight than Hatton, he should demand more money.

Comment by cupcrazy01 on 06-24-2009

So Roach is demanding that Pacquiao make more money in this fight than he did for Hatton....I understand his reasoning, but it is going to be very difficult to make that happen. True, Cotto will not be getting 50-50 like…

Comment by BoxingIsGreat on 06-24-2009

[QUOTE=GetSumBrah;5558736]If your life depended on getting the outcome of this fight right who would u go with? It has to be Pacquiao. Miguel Cotto's defensive guard is his weakness vs pacquiao. He holds both of his fists to the side…

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