By Mark Vester

The trainer of WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez has issued a response to the recent comments made by WBA/IBF champion Celestino Caballero. Lopez is not happy that his next opponent could end up being veteran Rogers Mtagwa. His trainer Orlando Pineiro is not happy either. Cabellero told's editor Rick Reeno that Juanma should stop complaining about sanctioning fees and accept his unification challenge.

“Why take a chance where you can lose to a nobody? If he loses to me, then he loses to the best. He doesn’t have to worry; I will pay for all of the sanctioning fees. Don’t be a maricón in front of your own people. It’s shameful the way he is acting in front of his own people by fighting nobodies. Mtagwa does not bring any greatness to him. The best fight with the best,” Caballero told BoxingScene.

Pineiro says they don't like the opponent or the date being offered in September but they can't put Juanma's career on pause. Juanma is back in training on August 3.

"If they insist on that opponent and they make us a reasonable offering, we will consider it because the career of Juanma can not stop.  But is not our preference, and neither is having the fight on September 26.  We would like the date of October 10 to carry out a training camp of 10 weeks," Pineiro told El Nuevo Dia.

"No contract for that opponent has been signed and the reality is, it doesn't really interest us to have a fight with someone who has 12 defeats. If it was up to me, I would prefer another opponent who could offer some danger for Juanma."

Pineiro said that Caballero's team should contact Top Rank's Bob Arum and work out the details. Juanma is looking for some big bucks for a Caballero meeting. He said Juanma should receive at least $1 million or more for a Caballero clash.

"If the manager or the company that represents Caballero calls to Bob Arum and negotiates with him and they make us a good offer, we will sit down and we'll speak.  But this depends on a lot of things, for example, that [the fight] gets the interest of the television networks," Pineiro said.

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