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Monday, October 7, 2013
Roach likes idea of Cotto-Sergio

By Dan Rafael


ORLANDO, Fla. -- After Miguel Cotto blew out Delvin Rodriguez in the third round of their junior middleweight fight on Saturday night at the Amway Center, talk immediately turned to what might be next for Cotto, who shook off a two-fight losing streak, looked great doing it in his first fight with trainer Freddie Roach and set himself up for another megafight.

The three obvious candidates for Cotto's next fight are a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who intends to fight in May), a showdown with former junior middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez in a classic Mexico-versus-Puerto Rico rivalry fight or a fight with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.

Cotto sounded open to each of them, but did say the prospect of becoming the first Puerto Rican to win titles in four weight classes was appealing to him, which would mean fighting Martinez.

It's also a fight that Roach said he really likes.

"I know his style pretty well, and I think I know how to beat Sergio Martinez," Roach said at the news conference after Saturday's fight.

Roach, of course, was on the losing end 13 months ago when his fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., was routed by Martinez in a lopsided decision, although Chavez did nearly score a 12th-round knockout.

"He's a great athlete," Roach said of Martinez, who is still recovering from knee surgery and unlikely to fight until at least the spring. "He's very fast, of course. But the thing is, he does have some flaws in his armor. I think we'd take advantage of them. That would be a fight I would love to get ready for. I think I have the right guy to do it this time."

Roach added that he isn't a fan of catchweight fights and that if the fight did happen, he would prefer to see it at 160 pounds. He said he would like to see Cotto get the chance to make Puerto Rican boxing history as its first four-division champion.