It’s been a really good union between four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach. Cotto came to Roach off back-to-back losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout. While losing to Mayweather in a competitive fight is nothing to worry about, his loss to Austin Trout opened eyes.
Now riding a three-fight win streak defeating Delvin Rodriguez, Sergio Martinez, and Daniel Geale, it’s been a perfect union between the two thus far.
“Freddie revitalized my career,” Cotto told the press Monday to announce his fight with Canelo Alvarez.” I came to Freddie with nothing on my hands after two defeats in a row. He got me back to where I used to be.”
Many feel this will be the real test of the union. Cotto whitewashed gatekeeper Delvin Rodriguez, destroyed what many now call an injured Sergio Martinez (though Martinez was the favorite), and knocked out what people say was a weight-drained Daniel Geale fighting him at a catch-weight of 157.
The test is Canelo, a younger, bigger, in his prime fighter. But his trainer, Roach says the experience will be too much for Canelo.
“He’d become too much of a slugger,” Roach said in talking of Cotto. “But he was a real good boxer when he was younger. He understands what he’s doing, and he’s very good at cutting off the ring, which nobody’s teaching anybody to do these days.”
Not only that, but Roach calls the younger fighter lazy.
“I wasn’t really impressed with Kirkland’s performance that night. But Canelo did what he was supposed to do. We need to break him down early, work the body, and then take over late because his condition isn’t that good. He trained in one of my gyms (Wild Card West), and I didn’t always get good reports. He was a little bit lazy at times.”