Roach wants Cotto to fight Floyd again


Posted at Apr 16 2014 06:18 PM | Updated as of Apr 17 2014 02:18 AM

Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach hopes Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto can pursue a rematch against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he already fought and lost to in 2012.

Cotto gave Mayweather all he could handle in the junior middleweight bout, but wound up losing a competitive decision. Nevertheless, Mayweather would later say it was one of the toughest fights of his career.

Roach, who was hired by Cotto as his trainer last year, hopes to see the two men fight again, but this time with him in the Puerto Rican’s corner.

“I think if I would have trained Miguel for that fight and been in the corner, he would have won,” Roach said in a Boxing Scene interview. “I really believe that.”

Cotto is set to challenge middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in June, and if he is successful, Roach hopes a Mayweather rematch is next.

“After the fight with Sergio Martinez, hopefully, we can get a rematch with Mayweather,” the trainer said.

The 33-year-old Cotto is coming off a third-round technical knockout win over Delvin Rodriguez in October 2013.