October 27, 2015
October 27, 2015
Miguel Cotto

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IT was July 2013. Miguel Cotto had suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his long and successful career. While a spirited performance in defeat to the imperious Floyd Mayweather was understandable, a wide points setback against Austin Trout appeared less so. Cotto needed to make urgent changes to his preparations but, at 32 years old (then), having been a pro for over 12 years and captured world titles at three weights, the Puerto Rican could have been reluctant to make fundamental alterations to his training regime. Instead he showed his humility and ambition by embracing new ideas, joining trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach, Gavin MacMillan. Two wins followed, including a thorough drubbing of Sergio Martinez to win the WBC middleweight title, a world championship in a fourth division for Cotto.

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