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Roach Gives Cotto a Good Chance To Beat Mayweather

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, gave his take on the scheduled junior middleweight fight between WBA champion Miguel Cotto and undefeated five-division beltholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. The battle between Cotto and Mayweather takes place on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao had previously stopped Cotto in 2009, when they fought at a catch-weight of 145-pounds.

"Manny had one of his greatest victories against Cotto. But their styles [Pacquiao and Mayweather] are so different. Floyd sometimes averages 15 punches per round. How can you beat someone like Cotto, who is a strong puncher and throws so many punches [with only 15 punches per round]?," Roach told Jose Sanchez.

"When Cotto catches you on the ropes, that's where he does his best work. And Mayweather likes to lean against the ropes to counter. In that scenario, Cotto could succeed. As for styles, it is an interesting fight. It's a good technical boxer fighting with a counter-puncher. Mayweather is strong physically, but I think Cotto is a bit stronger. Mayweather is definitely much faster, as was Pacquiao [against Cotto]. Miguel has to be very careful about the kind of fight [he plans to initiate] against a counter-puncher like Mayweather.

Roach has the belief that Cotto's new trainer, Pedro Diaz of Cuba, will put together the perfect strategy to defeat Mayweather.

"I think his new coach will know how to fight him because he is Cuban and that is the style of almost all Cuban fighters [patient counter-punching]. With a good strategy, Cotto will do very good job," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Clint650 on 02-06-2012

Cotto wont win one round. He hasnt seen the speed that Floyd brings since fighting Manny. Cotto will tire out quickly from all the frustration of missed shots, getting countered and having to look at Floyd smiling at him. Arturo…

Comment by hugh grant on 02-06-2012

[QUOTE=Gino Ros;11752163]People seem to underestimate Floyd's activity pretty wildly. It is a myth that Floyd is extremely inactive in the ring: [SIZE="3"][B][I]Mayweather threw 39.8 punches per round vs Mosley Mayweather threw 52 punches per round vs Ortiz Mayweather threw 41…

Comment by eddoes on 02-06-2012

[QUOTE=megadeth;11752614]Its amazing just how blind people are. One day he was Pretty Boy Floyd, humble, not a big braggard, was gonna whup Diego Corralles for all the abused women(even though he had been to court himself already), the next minute…

Comment by eddoes on 02-06-2012

[QUOTE=FJRod;11749770][QUOTE=eddoes;11749646]No one is writing Cotto off. He only lost twice cause he was cheated against and weight drained to a corpse. If he got two fair fights at that time i think at least one of those results would have…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 02-06-2012

[QUOTE=Gino Ros;11752163]People seem to underestimate Floyd's activity pretty wildly. It is a myth that Floyd is extremely inactive in the ring: [SIZE="3"][B][I]Mayweather threw 39.8 punches per round vs Mosley Mayweather threw 52 punches per round vs Ortiz Mayweather threw 41…

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