Roach On Next For Cotto: “We Knock Canelo Out”

So with Miguel Cotto taking the rest of 2014 off, it looks more and more like the Puerto Rican will let his middleweight title hang on the mantle, while he chills, and waits for a Super Fight, against Canelo Alvarez.

All the writers who love to bring up the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry can finally be happy that the nationalistic pride will be flowing in truly immense measures.

So, Freddie Roach, what happens when your guy Cotto scraps with the Cinnamon Kid? “We were trying to get in a fight this year, a December date, but no. (So are we saving the next date for Canelo?) That’s what we want. And no, that’s not a tossup fight. We knock Canelo out. We knock him out. I think he’s way overrated. Way overrated. His training methods suck, he doesn’t work that hard, he gets tired. Miguel will crush him. Sure, if we talked two years ago…but Cotto listens very, very well, follows instructions, and he just has to fight smart, use his intelligence and his experience, and when he does that…After that fight, Golovkin will be next. If he can sell some pay per views. He doesn’t sell yet.”

Total LOL. Love when Freddie stirs the pot. Thing is, sometimes trainers make a difference, other times not so much. I think we cal agree the Cotto-Roach pairing has helped Cotto BIGTIME. So, let’s talk Cotto-Canelo in the Forum. What happens in that fight?

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COMMENTS

-SouthPawFlo :

Cotto is a level above Canelo, and Canelo's stardom and his actual talent doesn't match... Cotto vs Golovkin next Fall would be a good scrap....


-amayseng :

Cotto beats Canelo in impressive fashion. GGG beats them both on the same night.


-the Roast :

Cotto beats Canelo in impressive fashion. GGG beats them both on the same night.
I agree Cotto will beat up the Redhead but I can't write him off that easy against the unproven against top opposition 3G. The best fighters the GGG has KOed were trying to box from a distance. I think the shorter Cotto has a chance if he takes the fight to the inside and tests the chin of Golovkin. GGG could certainly tag Cotto and end things in an inside fight no question but it would be a thriller as long as it lasts.


-stormcentre :

Cotto, 3G and Canelo; in any/all permutations of fights sounds good to me. I'd pay to see that.


-thegreyman :

You're right Roast- we rarely see GGG challenged on the inside, though from what I've seen of him I'd be inclined to believe he'd handle himself well there. He's very physically strong, very difficult to move, and bullies the body at close range. So even if that's Cotto's intention, I still see it being a tough night for him. Not that I believe for a moment that the fight will ever be made. As for GGG's chin- I think that's been proven beyond all doubt by all the clean hard shots he's eaten without missing a beat.


-Skibbz :

I think Canelo has what it takes to beat Cotto and look good doing it. Cotto looked better than I believe he is against Martinez, and against a young, strong and well skilled opponent such as Canelo I think he will stumble. If it's at 160... I think we might see Cotto take another knee.


-The Commish :

Miguel Cotto is a very talented and gutsy fighter, one of the very best to come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico. However, he's not a middleweight. Canelo Alvarez is a big jr. middle who, with every passing year, will find it tougher and tougher to get anywhere near 154. He will be too big and strong for Cotto to handle. I can see Alvarez taking punishment in the early rounds, but hanging in and wearing Cotto down in close. I see Alvarez by a late-round TKO> -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

Miguel Cotto is a very talented and gutsy fighter, one of the very best to come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico. However, he's not a middleweight. Canelo Alvarez is a big jr. middle who, with every passing year, will find it tougher and tougher to get anywhere near 154. He will be too big and strong for Cotto to handle. I can see Alvarez taking punishment in the early rounds, but hanging in and wearing Cotto down in close. I see Alvarez by a late-round TKO> -Randy G.
I agree, Alvarez would win. He is younger, quicker and the much bigger man. A lot of people are jumping back on the Cotto bandwagon. Remember who he beat in his last two fights where he looked so sensational. Delvin Rodriguez was a solid fighter in his prime who lost whenever he stepped up. The Rodriguez that Cotto beat was not a prime Rodriguez but a Rodriguez that almost lost to Freddy Hernandez. A Rodriguez past his prime...Cotto took care of business but really did what he was supposed to do to that level of fighter who seen his better days. Then Sergio Martinez...Does anyone out there not think that the Martinez Cotto fought was severely damaged good? From the opening bell, Martinez's movement was not the same and his punches had zero impact. The knee was obviously bothering him. Again, Cotto did what he had to do and beat a fighter who'd seen his better days. Personally, I don't take a lot of stock in those last two wins for Cotto. He won and won impressively. But there are reasons why he looked so good. Cotto himself is not what he once was and when he fights someone like Alvarez I think we will all see that. Alvarez would systematically take apart Cotto. Yes Cotto will have his moments and land some shots and the fight would be entertaining. But Alvarez is not an aged Delvin Rodriguez or an aged and injured Sergio Martinez. This Alvarez would be too much for this Cotto.


-amayseng :

Miguel Cotto is a very talented and gutsy fighter, one of the very best to come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico. However, he's not a middleweight. Canelo Alvarez is a big jr. middle who, with every passing year, will find it tougher and tougher to get anywhere near 154. He will be too big and strong for Cotto to handle. I can see Alvarez taking punishment in the early rounds, but hanging in and wearing Cotto down in close. I see Alvarez by a late-round TKO> -Randy G.
Don't forget Cotto's boxing ability, he gave a prime Floyd a hell of a fight, I had him winning 5 legit rounds. Canelo fades late every fight and Cotto's punches are sharp, every one of them. Canelo is too inexperienced to beat Cotto just as Floyd embarrassed him.


-brownsugar :

I don't think Cotto walks through Canelo...tough fight for Cotto...like the Commish said "too big". GGG beats Cotto as thoroughly as Tyson Beat Spinks..... Maybe not as quickly....but the level of terror will be the same for Cotto until the ref mercifully waves it off... too big...too good. In my humble opinion.


-amayseng :

Tough fight for both. Cotto has the edge in experience and opponents. This will be a great ppv and I hope they put it on in May and compete with Floyds ppv. Maybe that will bring the prices down to a reasonable figure.. Yes I continue to complain about the ppv prices...


-MightyMike5 :

Canelo looked better since his loss to Floyd. It looked to have helped him accept his identity as a puncher more. All that being said, Cotto will put a beating on him. Roach really helped Cotto tighten his game up and he comes out to destroy guys now. Canelo will fight hard for the first few rounds. But after round 5 it'll be all downhill for him. GGG is a different story. The key to beating him will be getting inside and backing him up. You have to stay inside of his power but still be able to land your own shots and not let him come forward. Style-wise Cotto would have some real trouble with GGG. I think GGG beats anyone at 160 convincingly. 168 is another story though.


-brownsugar :

I'm.seeing a lot of confidence for Cotto...would love to see him try.


-riverside :

Roach is good at what he does, and he does it well, talking to the public and getting responses makes him feel great, something he does not need to do. history tells you and Roach Knows it, , Cotto looks unstoppable vs inferior competition. Canelo is no walk in the park and Roach know Cotto is no spring chicken, My opinion It's 50%/50% fight. Roach like to play the media minds game, for what? I'm slightly leaning toward Canelo victory , a past primed Mosley had cotto retreating, I think a young strong Canelo will make him Take a Knee once again.


-stormcentre :

Roach sees that - from his struggles with Mayweather and Lara - Canelo has issues with balance and movement. So Roach is happy that he can read these signs. Whether or not Cotto can emulate how Floyd managed to stay close and hit and not (always) be hit is both doubtful and another story. But he can move like Lara, and probably hit harder. It's an interesting mix of tangibles as Canelo, is naturally bigger, younger, and he also handled Trout much better than Cotto too. The exchanges between these two and seeing who broke them off first, would be very entertaining.


-The Shadow :

Roach is the same dude who just said Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto are BOTH more skilled than Mayweather. It's a good fight, though. I'd favor Canelo, slightly.


-King Beef :

I have to call Cotto vs Canelo a toss up fight. I still think Cotto last to fights were against fighters perfectly set up for him, a damaged Martinez, and Rodriguez that should have not been there with Cotto.


-stormcentre :

I have to call Cotto vs Canelo a toss up fight. I still think Cotto last to fights were against fighters perfectly set up for him, a damaged Martinez, and Rodriguez that should have not been there with Cotto.
Very good points KB.