Friday 26th May 2017,
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Fire Power… evaluating the coaches

Going into war the generals usually make the battle plan before leading his soldiers into the war zone. Without the Generals those soldiers would be like a body without a head bottom line is no matter how many or no matter how powerful you are it all boils down to strategy. Like in every DOTA, Starcrafts and RPG games we play the better strategist wins the game.
Days before Fire Power kicks off amidst of all the Pacquiao and Cotto talk let’s try to look at each coaches and try to see who is the better strategist in the game.

Joe Santiago – Joe started to be Miguel Cotto’s head coach after Cotto had a heated argument with his former trainer and uncle Evangelista. He has been with team Cotto for the last four fights going to the Pacquiao bout. He was Cotto’s nutritionist and an assistant for Evangelista on Cotto’s corner it was an untimely decision and Joe’s inexperience was clearly felt on the Joshua Clottey fight his baptism of fire as a head trainer. In fairness to Joe he have done a good job in spite of Miguel’s recent distraction which left his uncle with a busted nose and a bruised ribs a win is a win and though there were times Miguel got groggy it is still a good win against a hard hitting Clottey. Joe is a good trainer and I give my hats off to him but sometimes you have to rule with an iron fist and become the person to be followed in terms of training and fighting in the ring. The thing with Miguel is he wants to do his own way and that was the main cause between his estrange trainer deciding to move camp in Florida and not heeding advice on some unsolicited affairs. A general will have to lead his troops to victory and for that to be done there are sacrifices to be made. Joe is still young so he still has a lot of time to learn.

Freddie Roach– Won two coach of the year awards and a former boxer who was mentored by one of boxing’s greatest trainer Eddie Futch. I could go on and on regarding Freddie’s achievement but when you say what is his penultimate achievement of all time that would definitely be Manny Pacquiao. The once lanky kid from General Santos has known only one movement and that’s going forward relying much on his vaunted powerful left hand Freddie Roach gave Manny a complete transformation from brawler to a boxer who have power on both hands. There is no question about Roach’s authority in HBO 24/7 episode 1 he threatened to quit if Manny won’t leave Baguio when another Typhoon is looming. He knows Manny pretty well and he knows he is important to Manny like a father to his son. Manny can do concerts, play basketball and night outs if he wants to but in training he is under Roach authority.

There is no denying team Pacquiao has the edge in terms of both coaches. Team Cotto was quick to say that all the talking will happen in the ring there are no Freddie Roach or Joe Santiago its only Manny and Miguel. But like in any war or battle the better strategist wins take it from any DOTA fanatics.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]