Jul 8 2013, 4:51am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
ESPN's Dan Rafael confirmed the Roach hire and the the return to Top Rank, which helped in his journey to become world champion. Cotto, who did not name an opponent for the fight, made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.
"I will be back in the ring on Oct. 5 on HBO with Top Rank and [with trainer] Freddie Roach in my corner."
Pro Boxing Insider's Michele Emrick reports Cotto's announcement should put to restany speculation of Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez as his next opponent. Emrick also points out the lack of quality opposition in Top Rank, citing Golden Boy Promotions currently owns the big names in the junior middleweight divsion. The report also links Cotto to Carlos Molina as another prospective opponent.
Other names which have come up include David Zegarra, Damian Jonak and Michael Oliveira. BoxingNews24.com is quick to emphasize that Molina isn't someone who is being lined up for Cotto, who is seeking a change of fortune with the Roach hire after losing consecutive fights to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Austin Trout.
Cotto's adviser Gaby Penagarciano says his fighter hopes to work with Roach until the end of his career. He also adds they have nothing against former trainer Pedro Diaz, as the change was brought about by Cotto's desire for a fresh start, per Rafael.
"Miguel wanted to try a few names so we reached out to certain trainers but it clicked with Freddie. At this stage in his career, he wants to train with Freddie and that's what we're going to do and, hopefully, he will be the trainer until the end of Miguel's career. But we have nothing negative to say about Pedro whatsoever. Pedro is extremely good and dedicated trainer but Miguel wanted something fresh and Freddie is a good match. We had a couple of very good meetings, face to face, and they were very positive, incredibly positive and they clicked."
Cotto's return to Top Rank did nothing to adversely affect their friendship with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and president Oscar de la Hoya.
"We had an excellent talk with Richard and Oscar and that's how we want to keep it."
Cotto's current record stands at 37-4 with 30 wins by knockout.
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