Roach: Garcia “Too Small” For Cotto
Sadam Ali was not the choice many in the boxing world would have selected as Miguel Cotto’s final opponent. In-fact many wanted to see Mikey Garcia move up two divisions to be the Puerto Rican superstar’s final opponent on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden. One person in particular is glad that didn’t happen, that person being Freddie Roach.
Roach is confident his charge, Cotto would’ve beaten Garcia. Roach also believes that Cotto wouldn’t have been given enough credit for being the man to hand Garcia his first loss, because Garcia is “too small.”
Garcia revealed last week that he turned down the opportunity to fight Cotto on December 2 at Madison Square Garden because he didn’t want to sign a multi-fight contract with Golden Boy Promotions, Cotto’s promoter, to get that high-profile fight.
Cotto instead will now go up against New York native, Sadam Ali. Ali, a welterweight contender from Brooklyn who’ll move up from 147 pounds to 154 to challenge Cotto for his WBO super welterweight title.
Speaking to reporters prior to the fight’s official press conference on Tuesday, Roach explained his issues with a Garcia/Cotto fight.
“[Cotto-Garcia] could’ve been a big fight, but I’m not really sold on it… A Puerto Rican against a Mexican is good value, but how well does [Garcia] draw? I’m not really sure. It would be a big fight for him, but if Miguel beats up on a little guy, then people are gonna say the guy was too small anyway. So I don’t think he would get the proper credit.
“So instead he’s fighting a guy who’s popular here in New York, the fight’s here at The Garden and it makes good sense. He’ll have a good fan base, we’ll have a good fan base and it should be a great night.”
Roach also indicated that he’s not sure Garcia, the WBC lightweight champion, was even willing to move up to 154 pounds to face Cotto. Garcia went up from 135 pounds to 140 for his last fight – a 12-round, unanimous-decision victory over four-division champion Adrien Broner in July.
Roach got a few more digs at Garcia before taking his seat at the presser.
“Mikey Garcia is making a lot of noise and stuff like that… But he’s calling everybody out. He called Pacquiao out, too. But he’s a little guy and we can’t go in there beating up little guys.
“Obviously, they don’t like me, him and his brother and trainer [Robert Garcia]. They called out Pacquiao and they called out [Cotto], so whoever I have they’ll call out. But who does he really wanna fight? He’s been called out by a couple of guys, also, and he’s not going there.”