Earlier this afternoon, Miguel Cotto officially ended the rumors and confirmed that he’ll be returning to the ring with Freddie Roach as his new trainer on October 5.
Cotto made the announcement via his official Twitter page.
— Miguel A. Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto) July 6, 2013
According to BoxingScene.com, Cotto’s new opponent will be on HBO against Delvin Rodriguez. The card is tentatively scheduled for Florida and will be co-promoted by Top Rank, making it Cotto’s first bout with his old promoter since his rematch with Antonio Margarito in December 2011.
Cotto is coming off a winless 2012 where he dropped two unanimous decisions to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout. Delvin Rodriguez has scored two victories this year over George Tahdooahnippah (TKO6) and Freddy Hernandez (TKO8), both featured on Friday Night Fights.
Going with Freddie Roach is a bad move for Cotto. Yes, I know he likely feels it was a training flaw somewhere that caused him to lose to Mayweather and Trout, but the hard truth is that at this stage of his career, those two opponents are just better fighters than him. The rumor was that Cotto had issues with Diaz’s time training Guillermo Rigondeaux, but I’m sure something could have been worked out. Diaz had Cotto looking like a balanced boxer and that won’t be in the case under Roach, whose track record over the last few years has been bad with name fighters.
With that said, Cotto should have enough left in the tank to beat Rodriguez. Delvin is a good fighter, but he’s been a stalwart on ESPN during the last decade for a reason. He’s been a few steps below the elite level and even a diminished Cotto should prove that in spades come October. If he can’t, then Cotto won’t need any further proof that his career is at an end.