FREDDIE Roach is leaning more towards a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, rather than a return bout with Tim Bradley or a fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Although Cotto has since gone up as a light middleweight since losing a 12th round technical knockout to Pacquiao in 2009 in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight, Roach feels Cotto could provide a more competitive fight to the Filipino boxing legend after accounting himself well in his last bout against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Cotto yielded his World Boxing Association light middleweight crown to Mayweather last May following a 12-round unanimous decision loss.
“Cotto makes the sense to me because he just went the distance with Mayweather,” said Roach in an interview published by the Examiner.
Another decisive win by the 33-year-old Filipino boxer turned congressman of Sarangani will definitely be used by Pacquiao as a very lucrative bargaining against Mayweather.
“If we can knock him (Cotto) out again at 150, which he said yes to, and if we could knock him out again, our negotiating power with Mayweather would be a little stronger,” said Roach.
Just like in their first meeting, the Pacquaio camp is again looking to force Cotto agree on a catch weight.
Pacquiao lost to Bradley last June in a controversial split decision that cost the Pacman his WBO crown, while owns two victories and a draw over Marquez, including a majority decision in the third installment of their trilogy last year.
A fight with either the two is no longer enticing to him, Roach admitted.
“Bradley, I feel there’s no need for that fight because the whole world knows we beat him,” said the Hall of Fame trainer. “Marquez, we’ve already done three times.”
Then again Roach heard Cotto is asking for a much bigger purse this time, which could affect the negotiations for the fight.
“I think it’s the most sensible fight out there, but Marquez is closer to being made though, because Cotto wants more money,” said Pacquiao’s long-time American trainer.
As Pacquiao continues to ponder on his next opponent, the exact date of his highly-anticipated ring return also remains a big puzzle as he and promoter Bob Arum has yet to agree whether it will be held on Nov. 10 or December 1.
Yet, Roach said everything will definitely have to take the backseat if and when Mayweather finally agree to be on the same page with them as far as negotiations for a mouth-watering mega-fight between the two starts to get rolling.
“We want Floyd to come to the table and try to negotiate that. That would supersede any other fight,” Roach stressed.