Pacquiao Blog 3: Doing a Mayweather
Freddie Roach surely believed that Miguel Cotto will "do a Floyd Mayweather" and he has prepared his prize boxer, Manny Pacquiao, for that.
"I'm prepared for that possibility," Roach said about the Puerto Rican WBO welterweight champion going two pounds heavier than the required catchweight of 145 pounds when he fights against Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 14.
Mayweather Jr weighed 146 pounds instead of the agreed-upon 144 pounds when he pummelled Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday.
Roach said that in the contract they had with Cotto, the Puerto Rican would not be heavily penalized financially if he went beyond the catchment weight.
Famous boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo, writing for sweetscience.com, said that "emulating Mayweather" is the Puerto Rican's only realistic chance of beating Pacquiao.
Lotierzo acknowledged that Pacquiao could easily handle fighting boxers above his normal weight.
'The truth is Pacquiao has handled the move up in weight much better than Marquez. In fact Manny is one of the few fighters who’s carried his big punch into the higher divisions he's fought," Lotierzo said.
Mayweather paid Marquez $600,000 for weighing two pounds over the catchweight. Roach did not specify how much Cotto would pay if he would also emulate Mayweather.
"But that's no problem," Roach said. "I'm not worried."
"One or two pounds heavier, we are not worried. We have the best fighter here," he said.
Roach did not even remind the media gathered at the Shape Up Boxing Gym here at Cooyeesan Mall that the last time Pacquiao fought, his opponent was also two pounds heavier than Pacquiao during their weigh-in last May.
Ricky Hatton of Great Britain weighed in at 140-pounds, the catchweight for the light-welterweight division while Pacquiao weighed 138 pounds.
No matter, Pacquiao swiftily knocked out the Briton Hatton in only two rounds also at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
At this early, Pacquiao weighed in at 151 pounds and Roach said that the way he is training now, it would be an easy time for him to get to the proper weight.
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