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Cotto to fight on October 5th; Roach will be trainer

Miguel CottoBy Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) has announced that he’ll be back in the ring on October 5th against a still to be determined opponent in a fight that HBO will be televising. Cotto, 32, says his trainer for the fight will be Freddie Roach.

According to Fightnews, the potential opponents will be from this list: Delvin Rodriguez, David Zegarra, Damian Jonak, and Michael Oliveira. The previous name that had been mentioning as possibly fighting Cotto, Carlos Molina, isn’t among the names being considered for the struggling Cotto.

Cotto said on his twitter: “I will be back in the ring on Oct 5th on @hboboxing with @trboxing and @freddieroach in my corner.”

At this point in his career Cotto badly needs a victory. He’s been beaten in his last two fights by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, and Cotto didn’t look so great in his last victory over Antonio Margarito in December 2011.

Margarito looked like he was on the verge of turning the fight around like he did the previous time he fought Cotto, but the ringside doctor stopped the fight because of Margarito’s swollen right eye.

I’ve kind of lost track of all the trainers. He’s gone through a number of them in recent year. At one time he had Emanuel Steward as his trainer, and he did a good job of working on Cotto’s footwork and had him using his jab a lot more. But Cotto left him and went with Pedro Diaz. With two straight losses, Cotto is now going to with Freddie Roach as his trainer. I wonder how long Roach will last. I guess as long as Cotto is winning.

Of the bunch of names that Cotto’s team is considering, Delvin Rodriguez is easily the most recognizable name of the group. However, he’s probably the toughest fighter by far of that group, and I don’t imagine he’ll get the fight with Cotto. Someone like Oliveira would arguably be the easiest of the bunch for Cotto to get an easy win against.

I don’t see why Cotto needs a tune-up at this stage in his career. He hasn’t been out of the ring for that long of a time, and it doesn’t make sense for him to take an easy fight. He should be going after one of the junior middleweight champions like Zaurbek Baysangurov.

If he’s hoping that Freddie Roach will be able to improve his fighting game, I think he’s going to be mistaken because Roach isn’t going to be able to make any major changes to his fighting style. If anything, it’ll be minor ones and they won’t matter because Cotto’s not looking for anyone dangerous in his next fight.

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