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Roach: Cotto-Golovkin Would Have Be Closer To 154

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KOs) is not an option for Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32KOs) on December 13th, but the fight might be a possibility for the future. Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach, will not allow his fighter to face Golovkin at the full middleweight limit of 160-pounds.

Although Cotto holds the WBC's title at 160, Roach is more comfortable with Golovkin come down in weight as close as possible to t he junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds. In several past interviews, Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez have mentioned the idea of coming down to 154 for a fight with Cotto or Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"He hits very well. I don't think he has the best defense in the world, but he is a very offensive fighter and a strong puncher," Roach said. "If we did fight him I'd like the fight to be closer to 154  to make him come down a little bit. He's very strong, but I think we definitely could negotiate that fight for sure. Cotto made 155 last time [for the Martinez fight]. He's a little smaller than Golovkin, so I'd like him to come down as far as possible," Roach told ESPN.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AntonTheMeh on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=SamuraiSam;14819450]Although I feel that a fight for a lineal title should have no catchweight, if team 3G wants to honor their proclamation about the weights they're willing to go for a big name fight, that "three up, three down" sounds…

Comment by AntonTheMeh on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=Golovkin;14819055]It's funny how people are calling Cotto a cherry picker when Martinez completely ducked Golovkin hard and cherry picked a 154 pounder to defend his title... And got owned, badly lol. :lol1: :lol1: But no the Ballerina is a warrior…

Comment by SamuraiSam on 08-02-2014

[QUOTE=hitking;14818281]For me, I just kinda view Cotto as "middleweight champ" the way I view Floyd as the "jr middleweight champ." Unusual circumstances have them technically holding those titles. But their really not relevant to the day-2-day comings and goings of…

Comment by SamuraiSam on 08-02-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14817891]Make the fight at 157lbs. Three up for Cotto, three down for Golovkin.[/QUOTE] Although I feel that a fight for a lineal title should have no catchweight, if team 3G wants to honor their proclamation about the weights they're…

Comment by SamuraiSam on 08-02-2014

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;14817681]If GGG accepts, then that's on him, but why is Roach always proposing a catchweight? Even Pacquiao vs. Algeri is at a catchweight! Damn, do you really need a catchweight to fight Algeri?[/QUOTE] Wouldn't the catchweight mean that Pacquiao is…

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