Feature | Oct 06 2015

Freddie Roach: ‘Miguel Cotto will take Saul Alvarez into deep waters’

In his own words Cotto's trainer Freddie Roach explains why his man will stop Alvarez
Miguel Cotto-Saul Alvarez

IT won’t be bigger than Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao but it will be very popular, it will be the second biggest fight of the year, there’s no chance it will be bigger – but it will be more exciting. Mayweather just fights that style, he’s a very defensive fighter but he still wins. But I think with Miguel Cotto and “Canelo” Alvarez, it’s a better match-up. Both guys come to fight, they can both punch a little bit so it makes for a better fight. The winner will probably get Mayweather again, but that fight may be boring because Mayweather is always boring.

There’s talk about the winner fighting the winner of Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux, who fight in October, but you have to consider risk and reward. “GGG” is an awfully tough guy to fight for not a lot of money because he’s not a huge draw on pay-per-view yet and he’s getting bigger. He’s a nice kid and a great fighter. That’s the fight I would like if we win this one though, I think Miguel can comfortably beat him but we need to get this one out of the way first.

Alvarez might come after us aggressively, though he might be a little afraid of my guy’s punching power so he might not be as aggressive as he usually is, but his last opponent was hand-picked for him, a guy who just got out of jail and was out of shape. So I’m not looking at that fight at all, we’re just going back at his past fights and looking at the mistakes he makes and Miguel is very good at picking up on those things.


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