Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), a four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, last threw fists on Cinco de Mayo when he relinquished the WBA world light-welterweight crown via unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) in a memorably bruising and bloody bout.
Conversely, Trout (25-0, 14 KOs), a solid prizefighter looking for his first win over a marquee name, is admittedly a fan of Cotto’s.
“I am definitely a fan,” said Trout, 26, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “I watched him coming up with Top Rank. I’ve been watching him for a while. I will prepare for the Cotto that gave Mayweather his fight next to (the first fight he had with Jose Luis Castillo). I know the jab will be important. I’ll step around him. I saw how Pacquiao did it to him and I think I have better footwork than (Manny) Pacquiao.”
Unfortunately for the seemingly likable Trout, he has absolutely no chance to trump a reenergized Cotto in front of thousands of Puerto Ricans in roughly three months.
At 31, brimming with confidence, and flourishing under the tutelage of new trainer Pedro Diaz, Cotto remains one of the greatest pugilists in the world today.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron adamantly stated that Cotto is far from being a shopworn pugilist.
“Cotto isn’t done yet. He proved that against that scumbag (Antonio) Margarito and against Floyd,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He (Cotto) is a true fighter in every sense.”
Austin Trout definitely doesn’t “have better footwork than Pacquiao” and the New Mexican will be knocked onto Queer Street within nine rounds by Miguel Cotto later this autumn in Gotham.by