Miguel Cotto is in Los Angeles and working out at the Wild Card Gym with newly-hired trainer Freddie Roach, who recently said he wants to see more hunger and drive from the 32-year-old Puerto Rican star, as he prepares for his October 5 comeback fight on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez.
Cotto's adviser Gabriel Penagaricano says that Roach won't split time between Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, as the Hall of Fame trainer will be in camp with Cotto through the fight, then leave for the Philippines, where Pacquiao will hold his training camp for his November 23 fight against Brandon Rios in Macao, and says that Cotto will be working in relative peace at the busy gym.
"Freddie will be working with us to the end, and in October he will move to General Dos Santos in Philippines to work with Manny. ... Freddie set up a separate area in Wild Card in order for Miguel to work as privately as possible," Peñagaricano said. "Wild Card Gym is a very busy place, and we want to keep his concentration."
Cotto (37-4, 30 KO) has lost two straight fights, both clear decisions against Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout in 2012. Tickets have sold very well in Orlando, proving that his star hasn't faded a whole lot, or at least is still plenty strong enough to move tickets in what is essentially an untested boxing market.
Will Roach be a positive change for Cotto, or is this just another of Cotto's increasingly notorious trainer changes?