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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Freddie Roach Talks Mayweather Jr, Pacquiao vs Cotto

BoxingScene.com spoke with trainer Freddie Roach on a variety of subjects. Roach is still smarting over the fact that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. opted to fight Juan Manuel Marquez before Pacquiao.

“I don't get it, all he had to do was wait one more day [after the Hatton fight] and he could have had Manny,” says Roach. “I would have loved to have gotten to Floyd before Marquez, but that's that.”

In the meantime, Roach says he has begun studying tapes of Miguel Cotto and that, “I have his last six fights on tape, but I'm paying particular attention his fight against Shane Mosley because that's the one where he was able to take away Shane's speed to beat him.” Roach claims that he hasn't settled on the exact plan of attack for Cotto but he's getting close and should have something together in the next couple of weeks.

Freddie also mentioned that Pacquiao's handlers would like to hold the first month of his training camp for the Cotto fight in the Philippines. Roach is averse to that idea, "Because there's way too many distractions over there for Manny. Bob [Arum] is working on something over here, something closer."

Roach also says that no matter where he goes, the only fight everybody is talking about and the one that everybody asks him about is Manny vs. Floyd.

“When I was in the U.K. with Amir last month that was all anyone wanted to ask me about,” said Roach. “That's the fight that has to be made. Bob and Al Haymon will have to put their differences aside to make that fight because it would be good for the entire sport. It's a fight that has to happen. People talk about making big fights, but to me, that's about as big as they come. I think it will happen.”

Source: boxingscene.com

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