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Cotto feeling more confident with Roach

Photos: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos / Roc Nation Sports

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos / Roc Nation Sports

Middleweight champ Miguel Cotto has been supremely focused on this Saturday night’s title defense against Daniel Geale and despite the disagreements revolving around the 157-pound catchweight between both camps, the fight promises to be an interesting one.

“I think that people are making a big issue where there does not need to be a big issue with catch weights,” said Cotto. “Freddie, back in 2009, made me go down from 147 to 145 [for the Pacquiao fight]. Did anyone hear anything about Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) disagreeing with the catch weights? No, I was a gentlemen the whole way. Catch weights were our main point to make this fight happen. Daniel and his team agreed to going down to 157 and I hope he can make weight on Friday. I hope to see everyone there on Saturday night.”

Added Roach, “We’ve had a great training camp. Miguel is in great shape. Our sparring partners on our team have been great. And we’re ready for this fight. Gary’s been making a big deal about catch weights, but they have been around for a long time and he knows how to read a contract and he’s had that contract for a long time now, so I don’t think that’s an issue. We look forward to seeing you at the fight.”

With a potential fight looming against Canelo Alvarez, in the fall, Cotto certainly has a lot to deal with in 2015, but says that he has felt a lot more confidence in himself since hiring Roach as his trainer.

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“Freddie brings the confidence back to Miguel. He comes every day no matter what he feels and gives his best to me. When you have this kind of person in front of you giving you his best and making sure that you are going to do your best, the only way you can pay him back is bringing your best too. We only talk about boxing when we are in the gym. He’s my trainer there, but as soon as we finish our training session, he’s my friend.”

Cotto brought in Roach in 2013, following an upset loss to Austin Trout the year before.  Since adding Roach, Cotto has looked more polished, as he demonstrated in punishing Delvin Rodriguez later that year and then stunning Sergio Martinez last year with a stoppage win to annex the 160-pound championship.

Meanwhile, Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) has come close to winning a world title, most notably getting, what robbed against Darren Barker for the vacant IBF title in 2013, and though he was taken out in less than three rounds against Gennady Golovkin in 2014, Geale is no doubt a viable opponent and a dangerous one for Cotto.

“This is a huge opportunity and I’m very excited. We’re so excited as a team that this fight is taking place,” said Geale. “We’ve put a great training camp in for this fight and I’m feeling as good as I ever have. There’s no excuses. I’m going in as the best fighter I can possibly be. I’m hoping Miguel Cotto is the best fighter he can be as well. I want the fans to enjoy a great fight and I believe it will be a great fight. I can’t wait to walk away with another title. I’m going in very confident and I know a lot of people aren’t giving me much of a chance, but I have a huge amount of confidence in myself knowing I’ve completed a great training camp. Knowing that I have put everything that I possibly can into it and knowing that I have such a great team. I look forward to Saturday night.”

The fight will be televised on HBO at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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