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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Cotto arrives in L.A. to begin training

By Carlos Narvaez
Special to

Freddie Roach-Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto, right, joined new trainer Freddie Roach this week to begin preparing for his next fight.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With little fanfare, former three-time champion Miguel Cotto arrived in Los Angeles this week to begin training for his fight against Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5 in Orlando.

Cotto touched down in L.A. on Monday, according to adviser Gabriel Peņagaricano, and joined his new trainer, Freddie Roach, at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

"Miguel started his training camp and he is in Los Angeles," Peņagaricano said. "He started camp with Freddie, who cut short his promotional tour with Manny Pacquiao to be in Los Angeles with Miguel."

Roach, who replaced Pedro Diaz (Cotto's trainer for his previous three fights), set aside time to allow the Puerto Rican star to fully focus on his return after he dropped a decision to former junior middleweight champion Austin Trout last December.

Roach apparently won't split his time between fighters, as he has done at times in the past. Pacquiao has a Nov. 23 date to fight Brandon Rios in Macau, but according to Peņagaricano, Roach won't fly to the Philippines to begin training Pacquiao until after Cotto's fight.

"Freddie will be working with us to the end, and in October he will move to General Dos Santos in Philippines to work with Manny," Peņagaricano said.

Cotto is hoping to rebound after two losses in 2013, the Trout defeat and a May decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"Freddie set up a separate area in Wild Card in order for Miguel to work as privately as possible," Peņagaricano said. "Wild Card Gym is a very busy place, and we want to keep his concentration."

This is Cotto's first time training outside of Orlando, where his previous training camps had been staged. During camp, he will live in a rented house near Beverly Hills.

Cotto is entering the final stage of his career, as he has said since the Trout loss that he would fight only three more times before retiring.