Cotto picks Pacquiao over Bradley in rematch
MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto is backing former foe Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to defeat American Timothy Bradley Jr. in their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas.
Cotto, now a stablemate of Pacquiao under Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, believes the Filipino can get his revenge against the unbeaten American.
“I think Pacquiao is going to capitalize on all the mistakes he (Bradley) makes in this fight,” Cotto told Hustle Boss. “I’m going with Pacquiao for the fight.”
After going toe-to-toe in a 2009 showdown that ended with Pacquiao winning via technical knockout, the “Pacman” and Cotto are now stablemates after the Puerto Rican hired Roach – Pacquiao’s long-time trainer – last year.
But this does not mean that they will share the ring again. Roach has already said it is unlikely for Pacquiao and Cotto to spar, something the Puerto Rican star affirmed.
“No, no, no,” he answered when asked if he and Pacquiao will ever spar.
“Manny has his own camp, and I have my own camp,” he added. “He’s going to face Tim Bradley on April 12th, and he’s going to do his thing with his team, and I’m going to do mine with mine.”
Cotto is set to face Argentina’s Sergio Martinez on June 19.