LOS ANGELES, California -- It was four years ago when Freddie Roach and Miguel Cotto were on opposite corners of the ring as Manny Pacquiao beat the Puerto Rican star in 9 rounds.
After a disappointing 2012 for both men, Roach is now training Cotto for the latter’s upcoming October 5th fight against Delvin Rodriguez.
“I saw the professionalism in Freddie [Roach]. And a respect in the community of boxing,” says Cotto.
Joining Cotto's camp is Roach's Filipino assistant trainer, Marvin Somodio, who also works with the Pacman and Brian Viloria.
“Ok naman. Nakasipag ‘yan mag trabaho atsaka dedicated s’ya sa lahat ng ginagawa sa training,” says Somodio.
After Cotto's fight, Roach says he's excited to head to the Philippines where he will be reunited with Pacman as they get ready for the Filipino’s November 24 bout against Brandon Rios.
Roach plans on going to the Philippines the Monday after the Cotto fight, while Somodio heads to Colorado to work with Pacquiao's Russian sparring mate Ruslan Providnikov before heading to the Philippines.
“I'll get Manny ready when I get there. We're going to have 7 weeks. Six weeks in Philippines, one week in Macau. I look forward into getting with Manny. I don't look forward to the 16-hour flight but that's part of life.”
With Floyd Mayweather Jr. racking up another victory and recent polls indicating that fans want to see a Mayweather-Pacquiao match, the hall of fame coach still entertains the idea of the mega fight.
“I think the whole world wants to see that. We offered him a 60-40 split he said no,” says Roach.
However, the chances of Pacquiao-Mayweather fight remains slim as “Pretty Boy Floyd” refused to address the possibilities of the match after his recent victory.