Freddie Roach gives a straight and colorful answer to AHH’s Kylie Krabbe on his feelings about his fighter Miguel Cotto’s loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Vegas this past weekend. Alvarez won the fight by a judging landslide with scores across the board of 117-111, 119-109 and 118-110.
Nevertheless, many who watched the fight live, as well as on HBO’s Pay Per View argue that the score cards were entirely too far apart if not perhaps a questionable win in a fight where Saul Canelo threw the harder shots but also missed while Miguel Cotto landed more shots, albeit with less damaging results, but more accuracy – which should have added up to more points. During the battle Freddie Roach “wasn’t really concerned” about losing – nor were any of his other corner men in what they viewed as a more competitive fight than the final scores revealed. Looking back, Roach states bluntly: ” I still think we won the fight.”
Cotto himself was so caught off guard by the scorecards that he did not address HBO’s Max Kellerman or the press post fight, leaving Roach to speak for him as viewed here. In any event, due to the disparity on the cards, this match up likely won’t be seen again as Golden Boy marches forward with Canelo, promising that he will fight again in May. Though it would appear unlikely that Canelo’s opponent in May will be the enduring elephant in the room, undefeated fan favorite Gennady “GGG” Golovkin with his ever popular “Mexican Style” via Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Canelo was quick to say that he is anything but afraid of battling GGG in what is likely to be another Pay Per View Bonanza when it comes down the pike in 2016.
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