Despite being the lineal middleweight champion of the world, Miguel Cotto enters his highly anticipated showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a 3-to-1 underdog. A fact which is just fine with his trainer Freddie Roach.
The Hall of Fame trainer, who has been very instrumental in Cotto’s (40-4, 32 KOs) resurgence, likes what he’s been seeing during the champion’s training camp.
In an exclusive interview with Today’s Knockout, Roach shared his thoughts about how he thinks the fight will play out and his take on Canelo as a fighter:
“[Canelo’s] going to come out and we are going to out box him early and we are going to knock him out in eight rounds.
“Miguel is the best puncher he’s fought yet, Mayweather beat [Canelo] up pretty bad but [Mayweather] is not a big puncher but Miguel can box and punch. So I feel he’s the first real puncher [Canelo] has faced.”
The short history between Cotto and Roach has been magical.
After losing to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout in back-to-back fights in 2012, Cotto turned to Roach to get his career back on track. Since hooking up with Roach, Cotto has looked like the Cotto of old.
Roach got the Puerto Rican back to using an aggressive style to consistently land powerful body shots to set up the vicious left hook, which he was known for in his days of dominance in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions.
Since tabbing Roach as a trainer, Cotto has won his last three fights by knockout including his historic win over Sergio Martinez, which allowed him to become the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes.
If things go according to Roach’s plan, Nov. 21 will be just another big stage for Cotto to show that despite his greatness he is still getting better.
“I have the better fighter. We’ve fought better opposition,” Roach said. “We’ve been in there with better fighters. We’ve learned after the process of going through this and he’s still at the beginning of the learning stage. Who knows how far he’ll go? Miguel’s gone a long, long way. We’ve proven ourselves and we’ll prove ourselves again on Nov. 21. I promise.”