By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes
Trainer Freddie Roach surprisingly admits that he's not a fan of catch-weight fights. The statement is surprising considering that two of Roach's biggest names—Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto—have demanded catch-weight stipulations from several of their opponents.
Cotto had in place modified weight limits with Antonio Margarito (maximum of 153 lbs. for their Dec. '11 rematch), Sergio Martinez (159 lbs., despite Martinez coming in as World middleweight champion) and Daniel Geale (157 lbs). He says a catch-weight stipulation will be in place for anyone who wants to face him for the middleweight title.
Pacquiao traveled this route for fights with Cotto (145 lbs., despite Cotto coming in as a defending welterweight titlist), Margarito (150 lbs.), Juan Manuel Marquez (144 lbs. for their Nov. '11 clash—the third of their four-fight series) and Chris Algieri (144 lbs.). Depending on who Pacquiao faces in the future, he could very well take part in another catch-weight fight.
"The thing is, I know we're not the only one doing it out there. Anybody who has an opportunity to do it - will. I think it's just the way life is right now in boxing. Whoever thought of it - I hate. Becaise I don't like catch-weights. Personally, I don't like them," Roach said.