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Roach Views Cotto as Much Tougher Foe Than Tim Bradley

By Jhonny Gonzalez

The trainer of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach, expects a big pay-per-view buyrate for the May 5th junior middleweight battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA champion Miguel Cotto.

"It's going to do well on pay-per-view, because Cotto is still one of the best boxers in terms of pay-per-view, behind Manny and Mayweather. He attracts a huge audience on pay-per-view. For us, Cotto would have been a much bigger challenge than Tim Bradley. As far as I'm concerned Manny has faced fighters like Bradley, "said Roach to Jose Gorrdian.

Cotto was Pacquiao's first choice for a June 9th return date. After both sides disagreed on the contracted weight limit, Cotto reached an agreement with Mayweather. Pacquiao will likely face Bradley.

"I feel that a rematch with Cotto was the best match for us right now, for boxing fans and the world. He's coming [off] a victory over Antonio Margarito and every time I see him he looks better and better. The fight would have been more competitive and profitable for us, but you don't always get what you want," Roach said.

Roach is pulling for Cotto to upset Mayweather, with a distance hope that a rematch with Pacquiao will happen in the fall.

"I don't know how good their chances are [to win], but I hope Cotto will win. My best wishes to Miguel, and I hope that he has the best fight of his life. Mayweather is a very good counter-puncher, but Miguel has a good coach in his corner and they seem to get along. Miguel and his coach have to figure out what to do," said Roach.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kiaba360 on 02-05-2012

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Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2012

[QUOTE=PRking718;11744037]Been saying that for a real long time. I don't get how Manny's stock goes down or people start to pick duck, cherry-pick mayweather to outclass him just because he had ANOTHER tough fight with Marquez. [B]Marquez got Pac figured…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2012

[QUOTE=dlytle73;11743865][B]Floyd may be the best defensive fighter.. but he is far from the best offensive fighter.[/B] Both men have their talents. Manny has incredible footwork, speed, aggression, and can throw punches from incredible angles.[/QUOTE] ???? Floyd is the most accurate…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2012

[QUOTE=-Lowkey-;11743864]Marquez does hit harder, I have seen quite a few people overrating Bradley honestly I don't see him causing Pac to many problems at all.[/QUOTE] Bradley is going to be a hard fight for Pac and remember I said it.…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-05-2012

[QUOTE=vinny2006;11745023]Any fool can say who is #1 or 2. Neither Floyd nor Pac has got into the ring to fight each other. One thing is for sure,[B] Pac will fight anybody,[/B] Floyd has a history retiring every year when an…

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