Mayweather Sr. says Pacquiao will beat Cotto
08/17/2009 | 04:28 PM
one of the rare instances when outspoken trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr.
takes the side of Manny Pacquiao, rival of his son Floyd Jr. for the
mythical pound-for-pound title and pupil of his nemesis Freddie Roach.
an interview with Doghouseboxing.com, Mayweather Sr. said WBO
welterweight champion Cotto will be destroyed by the Filipino superstar
when they duke it out on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.
“He (Cotto) will
lose that fight because he took a beating from Margarito and Clottey,"
Mayweather Sr. told Doghouseboxing.com’s David Tyler.
He was referring to tough welterweights Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey, who both engaged Cotto in previous bloody fights.
bloodied Cotto’s nose during their 2008 title showdown in Las Vegas
with the Puerto Rican’s corner forced to throw in the towel in the 11th
round. Clottey also fought Cotto fiercely, opening a severe laceration
over his left eye after an accidental head clash in their June 2009
“Look for Pacquiao to open up that bad cut he (Cotto) got
from Clottey. Cotto just moves straight ahead and that’s the only type
fighter that Pacquiao will fight," Mayweather Sr. said.
He (Cotto) will lose that fight (against Pacquiao) because
he took a beating
from (previous opponents) Margarito and Clottey.
– Floyd Mayweather Sr.
of course, Floyd Sr. is still not totally sold on the prowess of
Pacquiao, whom he continued to dismiss as best P4P in the world. He
said the Filipino superstar could not handle foes with exceptional
boxing skills, as exemplified by his first outing with Erik Morales
which ended up with a victory for “El Terible."
can’t fight someone with boxing skills. Morales showed you how to beat
him in their first fight; the right hand did the trick," he said,
adding Juan Manuel Marquez also showed this in their two encounters.
May, Mayweather Sr. got his shot at Pacquiao when he trained Ricky
Hatton but the 30-year-old pride of General Santos City knocked his
ward out inside two rounds. He maintained it was a matter of Hatton
deviating from their fight plan which was meant to neutralize
Pacquiao’s speed advantage.
“Speed is nothing if you can’t find
something to hit. You counter that speed with constant movement, make
him come to you, turn him so he is always lunging when he throws the
left. That’s how to beat Pacquiao and that’s exactly what I told Ricky
Hatton during training camp. We worked on that a lot but Ricky didn’t
follow my advice," he said.
“Ricky lost the fight because he
went out in the second round and stood right in front of a fighter who
had more speed not necessarily more power. He didn’t move and jab and
have Pacquiao chase him around the ring. That’s what I told him to do
but can I help it if he chooses different? No way was any of that my
fault," he added. - GMANews.TV