Boxing trainer Freddie Roach doubts unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. will agree to a rematch with Miguel Cotto, especially after seeing the Puerto Rican’s performance last weekend.
Cotto, in one of the best showings of his career, demolished erstwhile champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina, dropping him four times en route to a 10th-round stoppage after Martinez did not answer the bell.
Roach, speaking to Boxing Scene, said he doubts Mayweather will fight Cotto – or any of his other fighters, for that matter.
“I think he won’t fight any of my guys,” Roach said. “He’ll come up with some excuse.”
Mayweather beat Cotto via unanimous decision when they fought in May 2012, but the bout was closer than the scorecards indicated.
But after watching Mayweather struggle against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in May, Roach believes Mayweather is due for a loss.
“All you got to do with him is just get in shape, and just beat him to it all night,” said the trainer. “I think his legs are gone. He says he fights, he doesn’t move anymore because he wants to please the fans.”
“I think that’s bullsh*t. I think he just can’t I think he’s shot,” said Roach.
Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum also doubts that Mayweather will agree to a rematch.
“You got an AK? I’ll hold it up top Floyd and say, ‘Will you fight Cotto again?’” Arum joked, as quoted by Boxing Scene in a separate report.
“Are you crazy?” Arum added. “He’s afraid to fight Manny (Pacquiao). You think he’d fight Cotto?”
Arum also believes that should a rematch happen, Cotto will be able to finish the job he started in 2012, thanks in part to Roach.
“If Cotto, with Freddie Roach, fought Mayweather again, it would be no contest. Mayweather wouldn’t have a chance,” said the promoter.