Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Judah Parties, Roach Talks Mayweather, Jr.

Since moving to Sin City from Brooklyn, Zab Judah is obviously enjoying himself.

With recent reports of a dispute over the weight at which the proposed Zab Judah vs. Matthew Hatton fight is to take place (140 or 147) on the undercard of the Sept. 19th Mayweather vs. Marquez show, little of that seems to be bothering Judah.

Zab, who relocated to Las Vegas a couple of years ago, is reportedly partying like it's 1999. Sources in Las Vegas say that Judah is burning the candle at both ends and is a frequent visitor to the Moon/Playboy Club at The Palms and is also seen at the Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace.

“Zab is one of the last ones out of The Palms,” says the source. “He closes the place and Zab likes to enjoy himself. He's here at three o'clock in the morning but he's just having fun. He's a lot of fun to be around and people enjoy his company.”

Judah told the source that, “I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, right f------ now! Man I'd love to get that fight!”

A match against Pacquiao would seem a tall order for Judah, 31, who hasn't defeated a ranked contender in four years and has lost four of his last eight fights. He has not fought at all in 2009 and the former 140 and 147-pound champion, who has a record of 37-6, 25 KOs is rumored to be fighting Matthew Hatton or perhaps Antonio Diaz next.

“I can tell you that Zab isn't exactly living the life of a boxer,” said the source. “He's staying up all night, going home when the sun comes up and that he sleeps most of the day. He goes to the gym in the late afternoon before hitting the town again. Zab lives life. His brother Joe was out here with him a while ago and I don't think they slept for a whole day.”

Freddie Roach now has Miguel Cotto on his radar screen and will make sure Pacquiao is ready for him on Nov. 14th.

On another note, Freddie Roach yesterday spoke on a variety of subjects. Roach is still smarting over the fact that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. opted to fight Juan Manuel Marquez before Pacquiao.

“I don't get it, all he had to do was wait one more day [after the Hatton fight] and he could have had Manny,” says Roach. “I would have loved to have gotten to Floyd before Marquez, but that's that.”

In the meantime, Roach says he has begun studying tapes of Miguel Cotto and that, “I have his last six fights on tape, but I'm paying particular attention his fight against Shane Mosley because that's the one where he was able to take away Shane's speed to beat him.” Roach claims that he hasn't settled on the exact plan of attack for Cotto but he's getting close and should have something together in the next couple of weeks.

Freddie also mentioned that Pacquiao's handlers would like to hold the first month of his training camp for the Cotto fight in the Philippines. Roach is averse to that idea, "Because there's way too many distractions over there for Manny. Bob [Arum] is working on something over here, something closer."

Roach also says that no matter where he goes, the only fight everybody is talking about and the one that everybody asks him about is Manny vs. Floyd.

“When I was in the U.K. with Amir last month that was all anyone wanted to ask me about,” said Roach. “That's the fight that has to be made. Bob and Al Haymon will have to put their differences aside to make that fight because it would be good for the entire sport. It's a fight that has to happen. People talk about making big fights, but to me, that's about as big as they come. I think it will happen.”

August 2009

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