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Freddie Roach aims for Cotto to KO Canelo, then get Mayweather rematch

If things go Freddie Roach's way, Miguel Cotto will knockout Canelo Alvarez this weekend and then get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Even in retirement everyone still wants a shot at Floyd. In this case, another shot. Freddie Roach is confident that Miguel Cotto will be able to outbox Canelo with his superior footwork, but would like to see a more definitive ending to the fight than the judges scorecards.

"I would love for [Cotto] to win this fight by knockout, call out [Floyd] Mayweather and then end it," Roach said. "He always tells me ‘If I had you in my corner when I fought him I would have knocked him out.' He tells me that story all the time."

Hmmm, I'm not so sure about that one. I mean maybe Cotto truly does believe that, and that's fine, but it's hard for me to see anyone really stretching Floyd out. We've seen him rocked a few times in his career, but I've never really seen him close to getting knocked out before.

Of course talks of a rematch with Mayweather are inevitable should Cotto win, if for no other reason than because most don't believe Mayweather will be able to resist the urge to go for 50-0 (as well as another big payday). So Roach thinks if he implements the same strategy for Cotto that he had for Pacquiao against Mayweather, things will be very different in the sequel.

"I think [Cotto] could pull off the strategy I had [for Pacquiao], but I think Manny was maybe a little bit smaller and not as strong as Miguel [when he faced Mayweather]," Roach said. "[Cotto] is a bigger, stronger guy and I think it would be a good fight for him. I think I can put him in a very aggressive mode for that fight. He always tells me, ‘I would have killed him, Freddie, with [your] game plan."

What do you think, fans? Do you really want to see a Mayweather-Cotto rematch? Do you think it really would be any different with Freddie Roach in Cotto's corner?

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