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Roach: I Rate Cotto as Best Puerto Rican Fighter of All-Time

This Saturday Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto defends his World Title against Sadam Ali in his farewell bout as the older man tries to bow out with a win over the younger up-and-coming American.

Cotto’s world famous trainer, Freddie Roach, was recently asked by Fighthype what impact there is having a younger fighter challenging an established Champion, “When you mix generations like this things change.

“When you have a younger guys coming up fighting an older fighter it’s very difficult. That’s why we’re training so hard for this fight. We’re going against the younger generation and [Sadam Ali] can box. We’re taking this fight very seriously.”

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The hall-of-fame trainer also commented on the emotional weight this fight will have, “I don’t think I’ll cry! But I will miss [Miguel Cotto] for sure. The worst thing is me and him on the phone isn’t too good. We’re both quiet and shy people.”

The retirement of ‘Junito’ also raised the question of the best boxer to hail for Puerto Rico, Roach was quick to give his thoughts: “I’d rate Miguel Cotto as the best [Puerto Rican boxer] of all time but people have opinions but I also like Wilfredo Gomez!” Roach added.

Cotto vs. Ali, a 12-round fight for the Cotto's WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Vargas vs. Negrete is a 12-round fight for Vargas' WBC World Super Bantamweight Title and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Promociones del Pueblo. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," "Hennessy: Never Stop. Never Settle.", and Casa Mexico Tequila. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Cigar on 11-30-2017

So why aren't we talking about Miguel Cotto as being one of the best American fighters of the last 25 years?

Comment by Cigar on 11-30-2017

Huh?? I don't understand your post at all. If Oscar De La Hoya had a better career than Julio Cesar Chavez, would anyone say that De La Hoya is the best Mexican fighter of all time. No!!

Comment by whitealltrac on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=Cigar;18255794]Not even Angel is that delusional. Plus, Danny is an American.[/QUOTE] ALL Puerto Ricans are Americans......:pat: And...you are from where your parents are from not from where you are born. If your parents are Americans but say they move to…

Comment by McNulty on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=Money Loco;18255761]wilfredo gomez and felix trinidad where way better than cotto![/QUOTE] Yea, it's not even close.

Comment by mex602 on 11-30-2017

Juanma is the best

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