Roach: Canelo Or GGG Can Lure Cotto From Retirement

Miguel Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach thinks the four-division champion  will keep his word and retire from the sport following his fight against Sadam Ali on December 2 at Madison Square Garden. Roach is also confident that Cotto will be offered a huge fight next year, either against Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.

“I believe him, but it’s difficult to retire…Once he wins this fight and looks good in the fight, and then when the offers start coming in, it’s gonna be hard to say no sometimes. But he wants to spend more time with his family and I take my hat off to him because he wants to be a family man.

“He’s been in boxing a long time and boxing does consume a lot of our time and efforts. So it might be a good thing for him. I kind of like that he’s gonna decide when it’s over, and not the people or the judges or whoever it may be. I’m glad he’s making the decision.”

Roach expects the rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin to happen on the alleged date of May 5th. Cotto, who will turn 37 on October 29, will have been retired for five months by then, but Roach knows that won’t stop promoters from calling Cotto to return to the ring.

Cotto and Alvarez both are represented by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, thus much like the alleged Lemieux fight against Alvarez, a Cotto-Alvarez rematch would be easy to make. Alvarez out-boxed Cotto to win the WBC middleweight title nearly two years ago in Las Vegas.

“He’ll get offered the winner of the rematch for sure and it’ll be hard to say no,” Roach said. “It’s not just the money, but boxers are competitive people. We love what we do and it’ll be hard to say no.”

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