Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Beristain, Roach predict Pacquiao win in different rounds

Hall of Fame trainers Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain and Freddie Roach are one in saying that Manny Pacquiao would score a knockout win over World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title holder Miguel Cotto in their 12-round Nov. 14 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both trainers, however, have contrasting views on what round the current mythical pound-for-pound champion would end Cotto’s reign. Ignacio Beristain Beristain, the highly-respected Mexican trainer who also handled the career of former three-time World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Humberto Gonzalez, believes Pacquiao would KO the 28-year-old Caguas, Puerto Rico native midway through their title showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“I believe Pacquiao should put him on the canvas in five or six rounds," said the veteran trainer who also handled four-time featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez and the legendary Oscar De La Hoya, who both tasted defeat at the hands of Pacquiao.

Beristain said he sees Cotto following the same path adding that Pacquiao’s speed is too much for the Puerto Rican to handle the way Marquez and De La Hoya learned the hard way when the Filipino ring icon defeated them in separate occasions.

Beristain added that Cotto is not the same dominant fighter that won 31 straight bouts ever since he suffered an 11th round technical knockout loss to Mexican Antonio Margarito last year.

Cotto showed those signs when he struggled in securing a split decision win over Ghana’s Joshua Clottey in his previous fight June of this year at the Madisaon Square Garden. Manny Pacquiao does the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at his training camp in Baguio City Thursday for his upcoming fight with Miguel Cotto. Dave Leprozo “In the fight against Clottey, you could see some of the aftermath of what happened with Margarito," said Beristain. “Clottey is not a top-level fighter, but nevertheless, in some moments, Cotto was put in predicaments and the punches were affecting him."

According to Beristain, Cotto’s deterioration in his skills could be traced to his decision in replacing former trainer and uncle Evangelista Cotto following a physical altercation while the Puerto Rican was training for the Clottey fight.

Cotto’s former nutritionist Joe Santiago has now taken over his training.

“Before he (Cotto) was a fighter with good technique, fast and well cared for, but he doesn’t seem like himself now. He changed his coach, changed some of his habits and now, catches more punches," Beristain said. Freddie Roach Roach at first sees a dominant win by his ward on points but is now singing a different tune after seeing Pacquiao improve by the day in his Baguio training camp.

“We’ll gonna knock this (Cotto) off in the later rounds," he said shortly after Pacquiao’s workout at the Shape-Up gym inside the Cooyesan Hotel.

Roach, prior to the start of Team Pacquiao’s training camp, said that his ward will beat Cotto in 12 hard-fought rounds.

Source: GMANews.TV

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