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Freddie Roach: Cotto-Canelo was the worst decision I've ever seen

Freddie Roach says upon review he still believes that Miguel Cotto beat Canelo Alvarez, and rates the wide scorecards in Canelo's favor as the worst decision he's seen yet.

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

A few weeks removed from the big fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, Freddie Roach tells FightHype that he's had another chance to watch a replay of the fight -- and he still thinks Cotto won! Freddie says he thought Cotto's defense was good, with Cotto catching a lot of Canelo's shots on his gloves, and that Cotto didn't get credited enough for his own punches.

Now I'm certain at least some people will say that Freddie's must have been watching the fight through Cotto-colored glasses, but keep in mind that in the sports biggest fight of all time, Mayweather-Pacquiao, Roach readily admitted that he thought Floyd won the fight (casting a vote against his own fighter). Freddie is known to be very honest and even self-deprecating at times when giving his opinions, so I don't think he's just saying this for the sake of backing his fighter -- he truly believes this.

And although I didn't have Cotto winning the fight while doing the live scoring for BLH, I am a little inclined to agree with Freddie about Cotto's lack of credit, evidenced by me having it 114-114 at the final bell. Scoring a definitely put me in the minority opinion, but I certainly wasn't alone.

Ultimately, though, Freddie says that Cotto seems to be content with himself, believing in his heart that he deserved a win, but that he'd like to get a rematch for Canelo. I, myself, can do without a rematch because I don't think things would play out any differently than the first go 'round. Cotto was in great shape, pretty sharp, and did about as well as he could've against a talented and much bigger fighter. If that wasn't enough for him to get close on the cards, that won't change in another meeting.

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez is said to be negotiating a fight with Gennady Golovkin while insisting that he's not a true middleweight, wanting the fight to take place below 160lbs. After what I've seen, for Canelo to say he's not a middleweight is just plain unbelievable. Unbelievable! To put it bluntly, that claim is just bullsh*t. He sure isn't a junior middleweight -- he hasn't weighed in at that limit in over two years -- and he looked huge in there against Cotto (who is clearly naturally suited for 154 lbs). Roach estimates that Canelo put on about 30lbs between the weigh-in and the fight, and while that number might be a little exaggerated, I personally don't think he's all that far off. Simply put, Canelo, go fight Golovkin at the division limit.

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