*Note: WBC title on the line for Canelo Alvarez only, after Cotto allegedly failed to pay a WBC sanctioning fee.
Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has questioned Canelo Alvarez’s work ethic ahead of his huge WBC World Middleweight title challenge against Miguel Cotto.
Roach, who is training 34-year-old Cotto for his November 21 showdown with Canelo, said his experiences of being behind the scenes at three of the Mexican’s training camps has given him the confidence that Cotto can win their megafight.
“I have a lot [of knowledge] of the inside on his training camps, and so forth. He’s trained in my gym for three fights and I don’t think he’s the most dedicated guy in the world, and I think I have a guy that is dedicated and will do anything to win,” said Roach, speaking to Fighthub.
“And that’s what Miguel is all about. He’ll sacrifice everything to win this fight. That’s what we have to do to win, so I have no problem with that whatsoever. He’s a very disciplined, hard working fighter.”
Speaking about Cotto’s conditioning, Roach said that Puerto Rico’s only ever four-weight world champion was putting in the hard graft to knock out Canelo in the later rounds.
“I feel Miguel is in great shape for this fight. He’s conditioned really well. Because I think the early rounds will be a bit tough, but as the fight goes on it favours us a bit. I want us to have enough energy at the end to knock this guy out, and save that power for a little bit later.”
“The thing is, he does put pressure on early and it’s something we’re going to have to deal with. We’ve got a pretty good game plan for that already and Miguel’s a lot more mobile than people think. We’re going to see a little bit of a different Miguel in this fight,” Roach added.
“He has great discipline and he knows why and how we’re going to fight this fight. I just don’t tell him the strategy, I tell him why it’s going to work. We both understand completely how we’re going to win this fight. I think we’re both going to have great success in this fight.”
Cotto, who will be 35 when he faces Canelo, was recently touted as a top 10 pound for pound contender by BoxNation’s Steve Lillis.
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