Trainer Freddie Roach said speed will play a vital role in Pacquiao’s November 14 duel with Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“For this fight, speed is going to be important,” Roach told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think if you get Cotto in a fast-paced fight, he’ll tire. So we want to come out quick and set a fast pace. Speed is our biggest asset.”
Roach concedes that Cotto, 28, will be “a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger but I think Manny’s the better boxer, and Manny’s defense is the best it’s been. I think Pacquiao will stop him along the way.”