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How Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach became a team

Freddie Roach recounted Wednesday the circumstances that led him to teaming with Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto.

Miguel Cotto hasn’t bled with Freddie Roach.
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Roughly seven months after getting universally outscored by Floyd Mayweather, the 33-year-old Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to Austin Trout in December 2012.

A defensive wizard with advanced ring smarts, the 28-year-old Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) used a prolific jab to fluster and embarrass Cotto.

Following the debacle in Gotham, Cotto phoned Roach and inquired about his services.

Roach thought Cotto “looked terrible” and “was completely shocked” by his performance against Trout.

Nevertheless, Roach agreed to work with Cotto in the spring of 2013.

“Where he is now compared to the day we started is really amazing,” said Roach, 54, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on six occasions by the BWAA.

Most recently, in their second bout as partners, Roach helped Cotto pulverize Argentinean Sergio Martinez to earn the WBC middleweight crown this past June.

Meeting at a maximum weight of 159 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto grounded the 5-foot-10 Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) three times in the first and once more in the ninth.

Cotto was ahead 90-77 on all three scorecards when trainer Pablo Sarmiento wisely ceased the beating.

Looking reenergized and throwing fists with a noticeable confidence under the tutelage of Roach, Cotto became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes.

Now triumphant in two consecutive scraps, Cotto is tentatively slated to reenter the squared circle this December versus an opponent to be named.

Regardless of what occurs henceforth, Miguel Cotto and Freddie Roach have proved to be a “really amazing” duo.