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Freddie Roach: Canelo is not the most dedicated fighter, Cotto open to GGG

Freddie Roach sees some vulnerability in Canelo Alvarez, particularly his dedication in training, and believes Miguel Cotto will beat him on November 21.

On the key to beating Canelo Alvarez

"I feel the key is being in great shape for this fight. We've conditioned really well. I think the early rounds will be a little bit tough, but as the fight goes on, I think it favors us a little bit. So I want (Cotto) to have enough energy at the end to knock this guy out, save this power for a little bit later."

On the pressure and youth of Canelo

"He does put pressure on early. It's something we're going to have to deal with, but we have a pretty good game plan set out for that already. Miguel is a lot more mobile than people think. We're going to see a little bit different Miguel in this fight."

On the emotion possibly getting the best of Cotto

"I feel he has great discipline, and he knows why and how we're gonna fight this fight. I don't just tell him the strategy, I tell him why, why it's going to work. It's complicated. We both understand completely how we're gonna win this fight, and I think we're gonna have great success. I've been wanting this fight for a long time, and it's finally here."

On what he sees as vulnerable in Canelo

"I have a lot of insight in his training camps. He trained in my gym for three fights and, um ... I don't think he's the most dedicated guy in the world. And I think I have a guy that is dedicated and will do anything to win. That's what Miguel is all about. He'll sacrifice everything to win this fight, and I think that's what we have to do to win. I have no problem with that whatsoever. He's a very disciplined, hard-working fighter."

On getting into the pocket with Canelo

"I have no problem in the pocket. I think because of his long arms (Canelo) needs a little bit more room to punch. I think in the pocket is our advantage, because Miguel's a shorter puncher. In the pocket is gonna be a good place for us."

On who has the better left hook

"I think we do. Yeah, I think we've proven that over and over again, and it's getting better now than ever."

On criticism of Cotto's last three opponents

"The thing is, we fought a guy last fight, who was a former two-time world champion. The fight before that, (Sergio) was a tough fight. He beat my guy Chavez up pretty bad, beat him for 11 rounds. We destroyed him. You can't say he wasn't a good fighter. People say he was injured. I say fuck the injury, he wasn't injured in that fight, he just got a little bit too fat. A guy like Miguel, he likes me to explain the game plan to him. We work it out, we work it perfectly. He has a lot of trust in me. This game plan is going to be the same as the last, it's going to work very well."

On whether or not Canelo ranks among Cotto's best opponents

"He's still young. He still hasn't had the maturity yet. I'm not even sure if there's a lot of guys anymore like that. I think boxing was a better sport (in the early 80s). I think ring generalship and trainers aren't that good anymore."

On what we'll talk about after Cotto-Canelo

"I'm not so sure. Maybe 'GGG's next.' ... We both say why not? It's a big fight, but there's a lot of negotiations to go on after that. It's not going to happen automatically, but negotiations will hopefully begin."

On fighting Golovkin with a full 160-pound limit

"I don't like catchweights. I think he should fight at 160. I'm not the manager, I don't make the decisions."

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