Cotto: My Best Weapon To Defeat Canelo Is....
September 1, 2015
The resurgence of WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has been nothing short of fun to watch the past two years. After consecutive defeats to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, many people thought he was a shot fighter. That was until he linked up with Freddie Roach, won 3 fights in a row all by knockout, and won a middleweight title. That is why he is full of confidence ahead of his title defense against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) on November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that is why he views his trainer Freddie Roach as his best weapon to defeat Canelo.
The 55-year-old Roach, who has won trainer of the year multiple times, has fine-tuned Cotto’s game and put a sharp focus on the tools and skills that have made him one of the most feared fighters in the sport. Roach didn’t add anything new or groundbreaking to Cotto’s game. Instead, Roach has helped Cotto fine tune his skills and define the right tools to use each time he fights.
For the Cotto-Canelo fight, Roach already knows what tools the 34-year-old Cotto needs to use in order to hand Canelo his second defeat. With the expert guidance that Cotto will be getting from Roach, he feels 100 percent certain that he will walk out of the Mandalay Bay arena as the victor on November 21st.
“Freddie is the person responsible for Miguel Cotto regaining his career,” said Cotto. “My best weapon to defeat Alvarez is called Freddie Roach. He has brought me to fight with great quality again and at 34 years of age, I’m doing things that I never thought I could do.”
Besides getting back to the basics and doing what he does best with the left hand, the difference between Cotto now and before he added Roach to his team, is the self confidence that he possesses to do what he does best. Cotto believes wholeheartedly in his mind that he can win each time he enters the ring. In the past, Cotto didn’t always have that “it” factor that whenever he entered the ring, he would win the fight.
This much different Cotto is bad news for Canelo. It would have been better for Canelo to have fought Cotto in 2012, when he was struggling and at a low point with his losses to Mayweather and Trout. It’s going to be really tough for Canelo to deal with Cotto now because of Cotto’s confidence, and how Cotto is using his left hook and jab like never before.
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