Freddie Roach, Miguel Cotto’s Trainer, Is Either A Genius Or Senile!
HBO Boxing will present a solid main event this Saturday night, Nov 21st, from Las Vegas where Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto will take on Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Despite the fact that Canelo is a 3:1 favorite to win on most sports betting sites, Freddie Roach, the trainer of Cotto, believes that his fighter will prevail on Saturday night.
Is that what makes Freddie insane? No!!!!!!
For those who follow the sport of boxing and most notably, the career of Alvarez, you will have to admit that Vegas is the city of screw jobs and when Canelo is a favorite to win, the judges will make sure that he will win. If they award the decision to the underdog, then the casinos will have huge sums of money to pay out. The performance of the fighters won’t matter.
Just look at the fight between Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez from July 2014. Without a doubt, Lara should have won that fight. We scored the fight 10 rounds to 2 or maybe 9 rounds to 3 in favor or Erislandy and two of the three judges gave it to Canelo. It was a very low key robbery in boxing; low key because Erislandy Lara is not a household name and he doesn’t have the loud backing that a top name fighter would have had in such a situation. But it was one of the biggest robberies in boxing from a clear black and white point of view.
So how is Freddie Roach a potential genius? He’s clearly insane, right?
Well, Roach is a master of game plans and he studies opponents very carefully. Freddie has rejuvenated Miguel Cotto in ways that most fighters can only dream of. Cotto destroyed Sergio Martinez in June 2014 via round 10 stoppage to become the lineal WBC middleweight champion. We were convinced that Sergio was going to be too big and too skilled for a fading Cotto. The exact opposite was true.
As a boxing writer and a boxing fan, most experts know that this is a pick ‘em fight. Freddie Roach must know this too.
Roach is more than just a good speaker. The man is a master planner and you can count on Cotto surprising the world with his ever-evolving skill set this Saturday night against Alvarez.
Whether or not Cotto wins is another story. Combat sports are known for screw job decisions, therefore, this Saturday may not be an exception.
Let’s judge Freddie Roach after the fight has ended. By then, we should know whether he’s a genius or a senile old man or possibly even both.
TRENDING FIGHTERS: Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Osdcar De La Hoya, Freddie Roach