By Dennis Principe
Team Pacquiao is not concerned one bit that a former comrade is now working for the enemy. In an interview with Fightnews, Filipino trainer Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez said they are aware a long time ago that their former cutman Joe Chavez is already working for Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. Fernandez said at first they were surprised to see Chavez working in the corner of Cotto when the Puerto Rican fought and won over Joshua Clottey last June in New York.
“We saw Joe working in the Clottey fight and since then we we’ve been talking about how to counteract what Joe might tell Cotto’s camp. And since the start of out training camp, we dealt that issue without much concern,” said Fernandez. “It’s actually not an issue at this point.
Last week Chavez was quoted as saying that he knows the weaknesses of Pacquiao and that he plans to share with Cotto his knowledge regarding the Filipino‘s flaws.
“When attacked, he (Pacquiao) doesn’t know what to do,” Chavez told the Puerto Rican paper El Nuevo Dia.
Chavez was in Pacquiao’s corner during the pound-for-pound king’s return bouts with Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.
But Fernandez assured they are going to apply a different fight plan that will ensure Pacquiao’s victory next month. Fernandez said Chavez is sure to get the surprise of his life once the famed cutman sees a different Pacquiao in their next outing.
Incidentally, Pacquiao is also set to tap another cutman who previously worked with Cotto in Miguel Diaz.
Meantime Pacquiao is all set to leave this Saturday (Manila time) for the United States where they will complete the last three weeks of their training at the famed Wild Card Gym of hall-of-fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao will battle Cotto in a 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title clash on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.