Coach thinks Cotto now better than Pacquiao


Posted at Jun 18 2014 08:07 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 04:07 AM

Roger Mayweather believes Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto has become a better fighter under Freddie Roach -- maybe even better than Manny Pacquiao.

The uncle and former trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Cotto may have found a perfect coaching match with Roach.

“If the guy's comfortable with you, that's what it's all about,” said Roger in Hustle Boss.

This has become evident after Cotto won two straight fights under Roach’s watch. In his most recent bout, he dismantled Sergio Martinez in nine rounds to win the WBC middleweight title and become the first Puerto Rican four-division champion.

Against the taller Martinez, Mayweather said the Puerto Rican showed ring generalship by using an excellent footwork to control the fight.

Pacquiao has none of those skills, he claimed.

“Cotto got more ability, he's a better puncher, he's a brilliant guy. He's a brilliant puncher. Pacquiao has nothing of those movements,” the boxing coach said.

Pacquiao was able to stop Cotto in 12 rounds when they fought in 2009. A rematch between the two would be enticing according to some fight fans, but Roach has thumbed down a possible reboot of such bout.

"I'm kind of glad that they're growing out of each other's weight classes, so I don't have to worry about it so much," Roach said.