Miguel Cotto's carousel of cornermen has been shut down, at least for now. Primera Hora reports that Cotto will be trained by Pedro Diaz once again, as he prepares to face Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 5 in Las Vegas.
Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) and the Cuban defector Diaz paired up for the first time late last year, when Cotto trained to fight Antonio Margarito on December 3. The two seemed a good fit on HBO's "24/7" series -- a pair of serious, dedicated professionals who took what they were doing to heart. No bickering, as Cotto had with his original trainer, uncle Evangelista. No odd fit, as Cotto seemed to have with Emanuel Steward. No total lack of competence, as Cotto had when he briefly installed Joe Santiago as the lead trainer.
And in the end, it worked out, as Cotto executed a game plan to near-perfection and assaulted Margarito at Madison Square Garden.
Viewers got to know Diaz and his extensively detailed training regimen in episode two of "24/7":
He looks over his laptop, analyzing Cotto's workouts and trying to optimize his day-to-day schedule.
"If you don't plan, and you don't know the degree of work needed for each facet of the preparation, then you are really flying blind," he says.
Clearly, this is not a trainer who's here to take a paycheck from a big-name fighter in a big-time fight. Diaz, who led the Cuban amateur program for two decades, is here to learn as well as teach.
"I left Cuba because I wanted to grow more with the professional sport. Simply that. To talk to other trainers who have built great fighters. And see how they conduct themselves and to learn from them. And that is impossible in Cuba, that's why I left."
Like all Cuban defectors in the sport of boxing, he left behind his family, and his entire life.
"I don't know when I can be with my family, and I'm prepared to endure," he says. "I think that just like boxers train their arms to defeat their opponent, I train my brain to overcome life. And one day I will be with my family. I don't know when. I want to hug them, give them a kiss, maybe a father's advice. But it's not possible at this time."
"Right now," he adds, "boxing is my family."
It will be interesting to see what the veteran strategist (new to pro boxing, but not to boxing) comes up with to combat Mayweather, the man no blueprint has defeated to date.