MANILA – Former world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico praised trainer Freddie Roach for helping him elevate his game as he gears up for his world title fight against Argentina's Sergio Martinez.
Cotto linked up with Roach last year and in his first fight with the Hall of Famer in his corner, registered a third-round stoppage of Delvin Rodriguez.
In a report that appeared on RingTV, Cotto seemed confident that he and Roach will be celebrating another "huge victory" on June 7 at the Madison Square Garden.
"He had a big win last October in Orlando, Florida against Delvin Rodriguez, and now on June 7 in New York, we will have a huge victory that both of us will celebrate," said Cotto.
"I have put my career in his hands, because I know he will get the best out of me, and I will give him my best during training and in the ring," he added.
The 33-year-old Cotto praised Roach's boxing knowledge and said that the many-time Trainer of the Year "knows how to get the best out of every fighter that he trains."
"He makes everyone better, and his preparation for each fight is second-to-none," Cotto said of Roach, who also trains former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. "It has been a great experience working together with him."
"Ever since Day One, I felt very much at home with him and understood what I need to do. He has a great team behind him that gives me great support as well. He is able to focus on boxing, because he knows that he can trust his team to get me in the best condition possible, so that I can be the best fighter possible," he added.
It will be Roach’s second shot at the Argentine Martinez, who has reigned as middleweight champion for four years. In 2012, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. nearly mounted a miraculous comeback when he came close to knocking out Martinez in the final round after being dominated in the first eleven.
Martinez was able to survive the onslaught, giving Chavez Jr. his first career loss.