Joe Cortez: “I think Manny Pacquiao is a legend in boxing. Win or lose in the rematch, I feel he should retire”

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Hall of fame boxing referee, Joe Cortez, has an interesting job that has seen him return as the third man in the ring. Cortez, now 73, was hired to teach Conor McGregor the rules of the boxing ring and work as a referee during sparring sessions. Cortez officially retired as a referee back in 2012.

I recently had a chance to speak with Joe Cortez and get his thoughts on how he got a job working with Conor McGregor. Joe speaks on how Conor is doing with the boxing rules and shares his feelings on the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight. Additionally, Cortez talks about McGregor’s chances, gives his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s last fight and talks about Golovkin-Canelo. Here is what Joe Cortez had to say.

Robert Brown: You recently got a job working with Conor McGregor, can you tell us what your role entailed?

Joe Cortez: August 26th is going to be a big fight here in Las Vegas and the whole world is going to be watching it. It will be one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of any sport and I’m glad to be part of it in the sense that I’m teaching McGregor how to fight boxing instead of MMA. I’m teaching him the boxing rules, I’m not teaching him to fight, just teaching him the rules. I was hired to teach him the unified rules to make sure he doesn’t commit any fouls. I don’t want to see him disqualified or have any point deductions during the fight.

Robert Brown: How is Conor adapting to the boxing rules so far?

Joe Cortez: He’s an excellent student, he’s learning real quick. Everything I’m teaching him, he’s learning. This is the biggest fight for him and these guys are making over 100 million dollars a piece. They better abide by the rules and listen to what I’m telling them because we want a good clean fight.

Robert Brown: What are your personal feelings on the fight? Do you think there’s any chance of this fight doing any damage to our sport?

Joe Cortez: I think it’s going to help both boxing and MMA because there’s so much attention around the world with this fight and I feel that it’s going to be good for boxing and MMA. I think it may be the beginning of something new with MMA fighters fighting boxers, it may be exciting and we may have more fights like that in the near future.

Robert Brown: Do you see McGregor being able to be competitive in this fight or is that too unrealistic?

Joe Cortez: I think McGregor brings a lot to the sport. He can punch, he’s a super champion in MMA, he has a lot of talent. Anybody that can punch can be dangerous.

Robert Brown: Do you think McGregor has a chance to win this fight?

Joe Cortez: If you have a punch, you have a chance too. Anybody that has a punch has a chance because anything is possible. You’ve seen some of the great champions get knocked out in boxing and it can happen because McGregor is a puncher. McGregor is quick with his punches, he hits hard, so anything is possible.

Robert Brown: What were your thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s defeat to Jeff Horn?

Joe Cortez: I thought it was a good fight. Jeff Horn showed that he has the heart of a champion, he brought a lot of excitement and skill. Horn was very aggressive and he was not afraid of Manny Pacquiao. The fans felt like Jeff Horn lost the fight but I think the best thing to do is have a rematch. I’d love to see a good rematch to excite everybody up.

Robert Brown: Regardless of what happens in the rematch, do you think Manny Pacquiao should hang up the gloves after this fight?

Joe Cortez: Yes, I think Manny Pacquiao is a legend in boxing. He’s been in boxing for over twenty years of his life, I think he’s had his time. Win or lose, I feel he should retire because he gave the fans a lot of action for the last twenty years and we want to see him continue doing what he’s doing in The Philippines as a congressman. He should continue with his second career, he did what he had to do in boxing, he made a name for himself and made his country very proud. I think it’s time for him to say goodbye to the world of boxing.

Robert Brown: What are your thoughts on the Golovkin vs. Canelo fight?

Joe Cortez: This is going to be a very interesting match. You’re going to have a Russian fighting against a Mexican, it’s going t be a great fight, they are both great fighters. They both bring good talent into the fight. Golovkin is undefeated and Canelo only has one defeat, and I think this is a toss up, it could go either way. It depends on who comes in the best condition that night.

Robert Brown: Do you feel the Mayweather-McGregor fight will hurt the Golovkin-Canelo fight in pay-per-view buys?

Joe Cortez: I think it’s going to be just the opposite. I think it’s going to get the fans so excited and warmed up about boxing and MMA, I don’t think anyone is going to want to miss that big one with Canelo and Golovkin.

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5 Responses to "Joe Cortez: “I think Manny Pacquiao is a legend in boxing. Win or lose in the rematch, I feel he should retire”"
  1. […] a recent interview, Cortez talked about McGregor’s progress in the sport and discussed McGregor chances of being […]


      fuck you joe cortez. why would you want manny to retire? we motherfuckers still want to see him fight. mind your own business you motherfucker.

  2. NHEL says:

    whos powerful mcgregor or cotto… mc greegor or saul alvares …so mayweather 100 percent win by knock out this is not a boxing this is a movie..

  3. GEDBOX says:

    Pacquiao should retire. Period.

  4. anonymous says:

    Pacquiao should retire while his brain can still work for him. He is still good as a boxer but his body cannot sustain it anymore. He should not have accepted this rematch out of pride because Jeff Horn will only become better and stronger in the rematch while Pacquiao will become physically thinner and weaker because he’s getting older. God humbles the proud and He humbled the proud Manny going into the fight.

    • Bella says:

      How dare you described Manny as proud, Manny Pacquiao is far from proud, in fact he is very humble and the world knows and sees that, except you! The Pacquiao-Horn fight had a rematch clause so Manny should exercise it, Manny never said “no” to a rematch. After the first Pacquiao-Marquez fight, Marquez asked for a rematch 3 times, Manny accepted and granted Marquez all the rematch fights he asked for, Manny got knocked down by Marquez in thier fourth fight, then Manny asked for a rematch but what happened? Marquez declined, Why? Was he afraid? Did he think in the fifth fight he wouldn’t be as lucky? It was simply just “great luck” on his side and Manny’s carelessness that resulted in the knockdown, because before that 6th round, Marquez looked he was already struggling.

      Let’s go to the Pacquiao-Horn fight. Yes Pacquiao is much older, Maybe Pacquiao had less preparations, Maybe Pacquiao under estimated Horn, but let’s watch Pacquiao-Horn II, it is not pride, it is respect for what you have signed in the contract. Win or loss, Manny is the better fighter! Horn belongs to MMA, not to boxing! He used his head, his arms, his weight on Manny! He played dirty!
      Are you proud of your champion? A champion who had to play dirty in order to win! Yuck!

  5. […] All-in-all, Cortez appeared mightily impressed, as reported by OnTheRopesBoxing. […]