Boxing fans who tuned in to Saturday night's big PPV showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez were treated to a very impressive performance. Cotto dominated Mertinez from the opening bell, knocking him down three times in round one and keeping up the pressure all fight until Martinez's corner saw enough and waved off the fight at the conclusion of the 9th round. It was an incredible display from the longtime veteran Cotto, and continued the career resurgence that he showed against Delvin Rodriguez last year. It was also the second fight under the tutelage of multiple time trainer of the year Freddie Roach, and many have cited Roach's work as the chief catalyst in Cotto's past two wins.
Our friends at Fight Hub caught up with Roach immediately after the fight. You can watch a video of the interview right here at Bloody Elbow (click here to watch on YouTube if the video is not working for you).
Here's what Roach had to say about Cotto's performance:
He just fought really well, I was happy with the whole performance. Three knockdowns in the first round was a bit of a surprise and we kept outboxing him the rest of the way. We didn't lose a single round and I was so happy with his performance. His defense was great. I didn't see [Martinez] hit him with anything clean.
Talk then turns to Floyd Mayweather, who defeated Cotto by decision in 2012. When asked what Cotto would look like against Mayweather in a rematch, Roach's answer was simple:
He knocks Mayweather out.
What do you think boxing fans - do you want to see Mayweather vs. Cotto II, and do you think the new Miguel Cotto could indeed KO the pound for pound king?