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Roach: I Can Guide Miguel Cotto to Beat Sergio Martinez

by David P. Greisman

Freddie Roach had one crack at unseating middleweight champion Sergio Martinez a year ago, when he cornered Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In that fight, Martinez out-boxed Chavez for 11 rounds and then got dropped hard in the final round. Martinez rose, stood toe-to-toe for the remainder of the bout and took the decision victory.

Now Roach has another fighter who could go on to face Martinez, and the Hall of Fame trainer believes Miguel Cotto could be the one to beat him.

“I know his style pretty well, and I think I know how to beat Sergio Martinez,” Roach said at the post-fight press conference following Cotto’s win over Delvin Rodriguez. “He’s a great athlete. He’s very fast, of course. But the thing is he does have some flaws in his armor. I think we’d take advantage of them. I think I have the right guy to do it this time.”

Cotto’s next fight is still to be determined. Martinez is one name that was mentioned both before and after the Rodriguez fight — not just by reporters asking questions, but also by promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

Said Roach: “I would love for him to fight for the middleweight championship of the world and be the first Puerto Rican fighter to win four titles [in four weight divisions]. I know he’s a great opponent and a great athlete. Chavez fought one round and almost had him out.

“All Chavez had to do was let his hands go,” Roach added later. “I got a disciplined fighter [in Cotto] who’s going to follow a game plan like he did tonight. I think we can beat him.”

Roach also felt that a catch-weight, bringing Martinez below the typical middleweight limit of 160 pounds, wouldn’t be necessary.

“Why a catch weight?” Roach said. “We’re big enough.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Antonio- on 10-07-2013

Roach and Arum wanna get Cotto beat up, but if Cotto is dumb enough to fall for it then that's fine. Especially telling him to fight at 160. Also is it really a good idea for him to wait 9…

Comment by freedom213 on 10-07-2013

I favor Martinez but Cotto would have a good chance, seeing how Martinez has shown a less than great chin himself and hasn't fought many guys on Cottos level. Just not sure how much Sergio has in the tank himself.…

Comment by P-4-P-King on 10-07-2013

Sorry Roach but I dont think so. Martinez is too strong and fast for you guys. too much good of a boxer. I think Maravilla stops Cotto. Cottos face is already damaged so itll be easy for it to swell…

Comment by PR ESQ. on 10-07-2013

:[QUOTE=TheMexHurricane;13816216]Now that cotto is on steroids he has a much better chance.[/QUOTE] :haha::haha::haha - delusional Fuk...

Comment by lutenco on 10-07-2013

[quote=themexhurricane;13816216]now that cotto is on steroids he has a much better chance.[/quote]you are a real shame of human,verguenza pendejo!

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