WBO world welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao told boxingscene.com that WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather would be wise to not underestimate WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto when they throw fists on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, gave Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) his second defeat as a professional with a brutal 12th round TKO in November 2009.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs), who last fought at 154 pounds in May 2007 when he defeated Oscar de la Hoya by a narrow split decision, will gain weight to scrap the larger Cotto.
“That’s a good fight, Floyd and Cotto,” said Pacquiao, 33, named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). “He thinks that Cotto is an easy opponent, but he’s not. Cotto is a good boxer, he’s strong. He needs to train hard, because Cotto is strong, very strong (http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/sport/story/138446.html?CMP=OTC-RSS).”
Pacquiao’s legendary trainer, Freddie Roach, disagreed with “Pac-Man” and predicts “Pretty Boy” will outclass the Puerto Rican icon on Cinco de Mayo.
“I think Mayweather can out-box him,” said Roach, 51, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who was voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA. “I don’t think Mayweather can knock him out. I think Cotto is still on the downside a little bit. I don’t think he’s what he was back in the day.”
Despite praising the obnoxious blowhard, Roach couldn’t resist taking a swipe at the undefeated titleholder.
“I hope Cotto does well. I hope he gets one in and knocks him out and just shuts this guy up,” said Roach. “Somebody’s got to shut this guy up.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron is confident that the 31-year-old Cotto is far from being a shopworn pugilist.
“Cotto isn’t done yet,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He proved that against Margarito. The cheater got the beating deserved.”
It is true that “Cotto isn’t done yet.”
However, it also is absolutely undeniable that “Mayweather can out-box him.”
Although a deserved underdog, Miguel Cotto is a valiant warrior who is “very strong” and he could become the first prizefighter to finally “shut this guy (Mayweather) up.”
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