The 32-year-old Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) last vacated the squared circle on December 1 after being unanimously outscored by “No Doubt” Austin Trout.
A four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, Cotto has been conquered in two consecutive bouts.
Junito is now training with Freddie Roach and the duo is focusing on throwing more left hooks to the body against the 33-year-old Rodríguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs).
“We [Cotto] are in a must-win situation for sure. I want to bring back that work to the body – his bread and butter,” said Roach, 53, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA. “We just need a reminder of the fundamentals of boxing. When you think of Miguel Cotto, you think of great body work. I can’t wait for him to get in the ring for the first time with me in the corner.”
Meanwhile, Rodríguez most recently fought in May and earned an eighth round TKO victory over Freddy Hernandez.
Enduring years of excessively brutal battles, Cotto’s health will be in jeopardy even against a middling contender like Rodríguez.
Regardless, employing “great body work,” Miguel Cotto should manage to finish Delvin Rodríguez within nine lopsided rounds next weekend in "The City Beautiful.”