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 Last update:  3/20/2014       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
Roach: Martinez is a Soccer Player, a Secondary Fighter!
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Trainer Freddie Roach respects the WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs) as an athlete, but he doesn't believe the Argentine star is a great fighter. Roach is training former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs) for his fight with Martinez on June 7th at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Martinez is a tricky southpaw with speed. The last time Cotto faced as tricky southpaw, with speed, was Manny Pacquiao - and Cotto as battered before the referee waved things off in the twelfth round. For that fight, Roach worked the corner of Pacquiao - but he says the two fights can't be compared because Pacquiao is a real boxer.

“They have speed and both have a southpaw stance but they fight completely differently. Manny is a solid fighter whereas Martinez is primarily a soccer player and a secondary fighter, he’s a great athlete, but he’s not a great fighter,” Roach told the Boxing Channel.

If Cotto wins, Roach would like to have the Puerto Rican star get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or face Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

“If we win this fight with Cotto then the Mayweather rematch is a distinct possibility, but then there’s also Canelo Alvarez,” said Roach.

Tags: Sergio Martinez , Miguel Cotto , Freddie Roach , Cotto-Martinez , Cotto vs. Martinez


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comment by ColdBlooded, on 03-22-2014
I still fail to see why people are so convinced Cotto can hurt Martinez.

comment by FerFAL, on 03-22-2014
[QUOTE=freedom213]Roach is a master at getting into fighters heads. Getting them to fight out of character. If they can get Martinez to come out really aggressive, Cotto's chances increase significantly. If Martinez comes out and pushes hard he will crash and burn by the mid rounds or get himself...

comment by Lords, on 03-22-2014
Going to be a fun day I these threads once Cotto wins. "Sergio past prime" :lol1::lol1:

comment by ColdBlooded, on 03-22-2014
[QUOTE=thatdudespits]I dont think stationary low volume fighters can beat miguel cotto.[/QUOTE] If Cotto stood in front of Alvarez, it would be a problem. If he boxed him, he could make things interesting. Both fighters have stamina problems, so the pace would really slow around the 8th round ...

comment by thatdudespits, on 03-22-2014
[QUOTE=GRUSTLER]I think at this Point that Canelo would put a hurting on Cotto.[/QUOTE] I dont think stationary low volume fighters can beat miguel cotto.

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