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article imageFreddie Roach May Hold Key to Pacquiao-Mosley Match on Nov. 14

By Leo Reyes     Jun 21, 2009 in Sports
Freddie Roach may hold the key to the Pacquiao-Mosley match as he insists that Manny Pacquiao will not go more than 143 pounds to face Miguel Cotto who said that he can only go down to 145.
Freddie Roach can make or break a fight. In fact he can break the Pacquiao-Cotto fight which promoter Bob Arum has been salivating since the day Pacquiao won over Oscar de la Hoya.
Earlier Arum announced that the Pacquiao-Cotto match is all set for November 14, 2009 at the Madison Square Garden. There seems to be two major issues that need to be resolved and these are the weight and the fight purse, otherwise it is a done deal
Cotto’s contract with Arum’s Top Rank was reported to be expiring shortly and a way to keep him under his promotional outfit is to give him a crack at the pound-for-pound king. Arum was scheduled to meet with Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz Sunday to discuss Cotto’s proposal. Koncz will then confer with the pound-for-pound klng and then get the inputs from team Pacquiao.
Expectedly, Pacquiao will refer the proposal to his trainer Freddie Roach who seems to have the final say on the weight issue. Roach has been saying all along that Pacquiao can only go as high as 143. With this condition, Cotto must overrule his nutritionist to make the fight happen as the Cotto camp is dead set on 145.
It was reported earlier that Cotto cannot go down to 143 as it will ‘kill’ his body. If Roach insist on his original offer of 143, there will be no Pacquiao-Cotto match unless the camp of Cotto agrees to Freddie’s demand. Roach is a big influence on his fighter and most probably Pacquiao will respect his decision.
In the meantime Mosley, in a report by Philstar com said:
“I’m frustrated by the situation, that Bob Arum’s just trying to put more money in his pocket,” Mosley told Lance Pugmire of The LA Times yesterday. “If he wants the fight that’s going to make the most money for Pacquiao, then that’s a fight against me.”
Mosley has not given up on his quest to face Pacquiao for a mega match. He has stated that he can take a 60-40 purse sharing and made tempting offers to lure the pound for pound king to face him late this year.
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