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Pacquiao Cotta | The Sports Report Girl

Ring Rust and Low Blows!

October 15, 2009 by AC  
Filed under Boxing/MMA, SRG's Blog

Ring rust used to be a big concern in boxing. But lately, it seems like the longer the layoff, the better the results.

First there’s the case of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his masterful return against Juan Manuel Marquez. Then, nearly a month later in Los Angeles, Israel Vazquez knocked out Angel Priolo (30-8 20 KO’s) after a 19-month hiatus.

Last Saturday at the Nokia Theater, a bloodied and shaky Vasquez (44-4, 30 KOs) showed he wasn’t going to let a 2-inch cut (opened over his left eye during the sixth round) threaten his bid for a comeback. Ironic, due to the fact his absence was a result of surgery to repair a detached retina.

Vasquez admitted to being rusty… but a win is a win. And considering his former trainer, Freddie Roach, hoped he would retire given the grueling rivalry with Rafael Marquez last March, those words were never more true.

But with another mega fight on the horizon for his wunderkind, Manny Pacquiao, Roach has his mind on other matters… Like Cotto and his track record of low blows. The legendary trainer is awaiting a rules meeting before next month’s fight to address the issue.

Roach will be seeking an automatic disqualification for the first intentional low blow thrown. “Cotto tends to get dirty when the going gets tough in most of his fights and I don’t want this to happen. I will make sure the referee will be very strict about it,” Roach says.

Count on it. Roach is a master at micro-management. When Cotto gets threatened, which he will, can the Puerto Rican warrior stop his impulse from hitting below the belt?

We’ll have to wait until November 14th to find out.

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