Roach: I Think Cotto is Better Off at 147 Than 160

By Ryan Burton

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach appeared on the most recent edition of BoxingScene Radio to talk to us about his large stable of fighters' upcoming fights.

Former three-division champion Miguel Cotto is the latest edition to Roach's stable. Cotto faces Delvin Rodriguez on October 5th in an HBO televised main event that takes place in Orlando, Florida.  Roach said that Rodriguez will make for a tough fight but that Cotto will be prepared and come out with the victory.

"This is is first time training in LA.  He rented a house here in Los Angeles.  He is working his butt off.  He is coming along very well.  I look forward to his fight.  Delvin Rodriguez is an awkward fighter but Cotto will be ready for him," Roach explained.

Roach said that Cotto has been working very hard and is in great shape for the
fight.  He also said that the Puerto Rican fighter has done everything that he
has asked of him. 

"We just work our asses off.  I give him 10-12 rounds on the mitts.  One thing I learned about Miguel is he is a workaholic.  He gets up at 5 am to do his strength and conditioning.  He works from 5 am to 8 am in the morning then he goes homes and eats a little bit and sleeps then he goes back to the gym at 2 pm and we do our boxing work," Roach told us on BoxingScene Radio.

The Hollywood, Calif. based trainer also revealed that Cotto is almost on weight and said that while there has been talk of Cotto moving up to 160 pounds, he could see Cotto possibly going back down to the welterweight division.

"He said this is the best training camp he has ever had.  He is only two pounds over and we are still over three weeks out. I am thinking that he is better off at 47 than 60.  He is only over by 2 pounds now and we aren't even trying to make weight.  We will discuss it after this fight because we have to take care of Delvin Rodriguez first," Roach stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Reloaded on 09-18-2013

Lets see if it translates in the ring with better opponents than his next , I don't see how Freddie can say its his best camp ever when its the first time he has trained him . Ariza saying that…

Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 09-18-2013

[QUOTE=JmH Reborn;13762181]I really hate when armchair/front running fans call a pro lazy or whatever or say that it's "easy" to make whatever weights. YOu effers don't know his daily routine or his habits. You don't know his body either. You…

Comment by El Angel on 09-18-2013

Some people in this thread seem to think Cotto-Margarito II was fought at 151. They fought at 153 lb CW. Cotto suggested 150, Marg said no, and they arrived at 153.

Comment by Elinmortal on 09-18-2013

[QUOTE=BuckToothed;13762458]It was at 151 not 154, and who cares???? Damaged Margarito doesn't mean anything.[/QUOTE] tru it was 151.and loaded glove marg was?

Comment by champion4ever on 09-18-2013

It's ironic that now everyone thinks that Cotto can still fight at a 147 lbs but at least Miguel doesn't think so; Because when offered the opportunity to fight at Welterweight in the Fall of 2012, he simply refused and…

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