TODD duBOEF: I would like to welcome everyone to Miguel's conference call. This fight is one we have all been
waiting for. Obviously Miguel wants
to show time and time again how great New York is and how passionate he is for
the fans there and how he has created a great brand with the Puerto Ricans on
Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. But more importantly he has a goal to become the first Puerto Rican
fighter to win world titles in four different divisions. In regards to the event, I’m not going
to talk about Miguel and how he feels and how he is training – I’ll let Freddie
and Miguel do that. Let’s talk
about the event. As we went on
sale, The Garden told us it was the fastest selling sporting event it has had in
many years. The demand has been
incredible. The match is
right. The fans are behind both
Sergio and Miguel and we know that The Garden is going to be electric the night
of June 7. So, let's go to Freddie
FREDDIE ROACH: We are having a great training camp. Miguel is working really hard and we
have great sparring partners – some really awkward southpaws. Everything is right on schedule. Miguel is in great shape and I can’t
wait for this fight to happen.
MIGUEL COTTO: Everything is going very well and I am having fun with the guys at Wild
Card Boxing Club in every part of the training camp. I’m just waiting for the time for the
fight to happen.
Was there a time in your career that
you ever thought you’d be fighting for a world title at
MIGUEL COTTO: Never did it cross my mind that I would be able to go up to 160
pounds. After the fight in October,
that was the best scenario. Sergio
agreed with us and we moved on to this fight.
You could be the first Puerto Rican to
win world titles in four divisions.
How do you feel about that?
MIGUEL COTTO: It is a personal matter. A
personal achievement that I want to win and I am working for it on June 7. It doesn’t mean that I am going to be
better than Wilfredo Gomez, better than Félix Trinidad, better than all of the
great champions that Puerto Rico has produced, but for me, Miguel, it will be
the greatest accomplishment of my career.
Whether you win the fight or not, most
people would think you would be in the conversation with those great
champions. Do you feel a victory
would put you in the elite group of the Puerto Rican
MIGUEL COTTO: I am just waking up every day trying to do my best in preparation so I am
at my best for every opportunity that I have to fight. I don’t want to be named, myself, as one
of the elite boxers of Puerto Rico – that’s for the fans and for the people that
know about boxing. I just want to
do my job the best I can and I am going to do that the rest of my
Miguel seems as though he is a smaller
person in terms of his build.. Are you concerned that he may be over-reaching in
terms of size for this fight?
FREDDIE ROACH: Well, we moved up the weight a little bit and put on more muscle – I
think he may actually be taller and he will be stronger on the inside and much
more physical on the inside than Martínez is, and we are going to push him
around with no problem. I think on
the inside we are the bigger stronger fighter.
Do you think Sergio will be as elusive
as he has been in the past due to recent injuries?
FREDDIE ROACH: We are going into the fight thinking Sergio is going to be the best that
he can be and that’s the way it should be. It sounds like he’s already making excuses but we plan for him to be at
his best and we are going to beat him at his best.
You looked so great and 147 and 154 –
how do you feel about 160?
MIGUEL COTTO: I feel that I can do the pounds that I need to do. Freddie and Gavin [MacMillan] have given
me the opportunity work well with the weight – I don’t see that as an issue at
all – I have put that out of my mind. I just work hard and get my work done.
Is it difficult to carry that much
weight – will it be a disadvantage?
MIGUEL COTTO: I feel at 160, I don’t need to lose the weight. It’s not about gaining the weight, it is
about no having to lose the weight, coming down and trying to cut weight. It is important to stay fit and do the
things that I need to do and I think that my body recuperates better during
training camp because I don’t have to lose the weight.
You have fought in New York many times
[nine times] winning a lot of fights there. The last fight you did not win – is that
motivation for you to come back and win at The Garden?
MIGUEL COTTO: You know, you go in there and you are going to win or you are going to
lose. The last time I did not come
out the winner but I always go in and do my best. I am glad I have the opportunity to go
in and show the fans again what I can do.
Against Austin Trout you had a
difficult time getting inside. How
do you plan to amend that for this fight?
MIGUEL COTTO: These are two different scenarios. You have Austin Trout, who is a gym fighter who has a lot of mobility;
and you have Sergio Martínez, who is not a gym guy who moves around a lot but he
has a couple issues with his knees. We are going to do our best. I know how I am going to fight Sergio and I can guarantee you we are
going to win this fight.
Freddie, what do you think is
different today than when he fought Austin Trout?
FREDDIE ROACH: I think he knows how to control the
ring a lot better now – we really work on that, ring generalship, quite a
bit. I wasn’t part of the Trout
fight but I did see the fight. I
know Miguel can do a lot better and he has been showing that in training with
the bigger, stronger sparring partners and we are more scientific about our
approach to this fight and how to control the ring a lot better. I think he’s come a long way this being
our second fight together. We have
had a great training camp and have a great rapport with each other. I think the problem has been solved in
how to cut the ring off from our opponent.
Are you worried your power may not
translate to middleweight?
MIGUEL COTTO: When you are a guy with power no matter where you are going you are going
to carry that power with you. I'm
here doing my best in the training camp and I know what I am capable of doing
when I get in the ring on June 7.
Do you care to speak about Martinez’
reference regarding you demands in negotiations?
MIGUEL COTTO: If Sergio has any kind of issue with anything about this fight he can
discuss it with his guy. We closed
the deal a long time ago and now it is time to train and we can’t talk about
When you got to camp, you needed to
put on muscle and the strategy would be to go to the body – has that bee
MIGUEL COTTO: I feel great. I am
33-years-old and you are not going to get a lot more muscle into me. I think it is about keeping what I have
– not reducing it -- and keeping myself strong. Freddie has given us a plan, a strategy
to follow and that’s what I have been working on in camp. I follow all the orders. Everything he
needs from me I follow. All of my
faith is with him. I do my best
every time I go into training camp and this is no different.
Do you think Sergio will be as mobile
as history shows us?
FREDDIE ROACH: If he is not mobile then we will catch him a lot earlier than later and
it is just a matter of time. But
the thing is I am tired of his excuses. We plan for Sergio to be at his best and we will beat him at his
best. I don’t want to hear after
the fight “my knee hurts.” He’s
going into the fight – he signed for the fight – he knows what he’s up
What do you think the difference is
between him and Trout?
FREDDIE ROACH: Well, he might be bigger but he is not better. I think I have the more experienced
fighter and the more talented fighter. So that’s what I am counting on and we are ready to go. We are sparring today and everything is
right on track.
You used to be southpaw. When/how did you
MIGUEL COTTO: When I first went to the gym I tried
fighting left-handed and it didn’t feel right so I started fighting right-handed
and it felt a lot better so that is how I have fought my whole career. When I developed as a fighter I always
How are the two styles between you and
MIGUEL COTTO: I don’t worry about his style, I worry
about getting ready for myself and for the way I fight. His concern should be how he is going to
fight me. That is not my
Is there an advantage to a left-hander
fighting a right-hander?
MIGUEL COTTO: I don’t know. I always fought right-handed. That’s the way I always fought and
that’s the way a always felt better. I don’t think it’s an advantage or a disadvantage – it’s just the way I
You have won many championships and
beat a lot of great fighters. What
will a win in this fight do for you?
MIGUEL COTTO: I just go in there and do my best. It will be important for me to win the championship on June 7 and it will
be a great thing for my career.
The Martínez camp said the idea of a
catch-weight came from you or from the Cotto Camp. Would you like to
MIGUEL COTTO: That came from Sampson [Lewkowicz]. The first thing we said when we sat at the table was that Sergio can’t
run like he did, any more, and he wants to make his weight. He is not going to be able to do
less than 159-pounds. That came
from them, not from us.
TODD duBOEF: I will make it clean and simple. There were conversations between the camps before the negotiations even
started between the two sides and one of the things was the weight. Team Martínez said they could move down
as close to what Miguel’s 154-pound limit was, to the weight where he has been
fighting. The division changed as
the negotiation went on, because that was six or eight months ago. It was just a negotiated piece, which
was thrown out that there, that they thought Martínez could get down in weight,
and they both settled on 159. It
was just one term or piece of the negotiations.
So it was
TODD duBOEF: It was mutual. There was a
request and a conversation that both parties had that the fight could occur
somewhere between ’54 and ’60 it was going to be in between. They had planted the seed and the
settlement got done on the number.
Miguel, do you feel bad for Freddie
because he is peeing blood from the body shots he is taking from you in the
MIGUEL COTTO: I am just doing my work and I didn’t think about it. Sorry Freddie for that
Sergio has been saying he is going to
knock you out – how do you feel about that?
MIGUEL COTTO: I train for twelve hard rounds; I train
for twelve rounds of war. If he
only trains for seven or eight he is going to be in trouble after that because I
am prepared to go the whole distance and to do whatever it takes to
What kind of strategy do you use to
fight a guy like Sergio?
MIGUEL COTTO: You know what? That’s why we
have a training camp and that’s why we work so hard and that’s why Freddie has a
strategy in mind. All I have to do
is execute it and that’s my job. He
has given me the tools and made me work and now I have to execute his
Are you going to have to counter this
guy or be aggressive? What are you
going to have to do?
MIGUEL COTTO: I am the same fighter that I have always been. Freddie has worked with me for what I
need to do and whatever needs to be done in the ring, Freddie has a plan for it
and all I have to do is follow it. I will just listen to my corner. All the work I have put in, in Los Angeles, in the past nine weeks are
going to pay off on fight night.
Are you concerned about anything that
Sergio may bring into the ring?
MIGUEL COTTO: All my career I have never been concerned with my opponent. I am always concerned about what I need
to do – what I have to do. The biggest rival in my career has
always been myself. I have to stay
focused. I have to stay ready. I just have to follow the plan and
everything will work out and I will have the victory.
Are we going to see a different Miguel
Cotto on June 7?
MIGUEL COTTO: You are going to see the same guy that
started his career 16 years ago, maybe a little older, more mature, and more
focused on what I need to do. I
think you are going to see that version of Miguel Cotto.
What kind of relationship do you have
with Freddie Roach?
MIGUEL COTTO: It was no secret that during the Pacquiao-Cotto tour we had our
differences. But when we got into
the training camp he made me a better fighter, a better person and a better
overall boxer. I think our
relationship is great right now and I feel we really understand each other. The chemistry is there to make me a
better fighter and that’s what I am trying to do – improve with him by my
Do you feel stronger, more
MIGUEL COTTO: I do feel it. I feel I can
hit harder while not losing ring movement.
FREDDIE ROACH: Miguel is one of the hardest punchers I have worked with. We are working every day on the mitts
with my body protector on and that doesn’t help that much any more (laughing) –
Miguel goes right through that. His
punching power is great, his speed has been good and everything is right where I
want it to be. Miguel is one of the
hardest workers I have been with and he is the most disciplined fighter I have
ever worked with. We have a great
relationship and it will show in the fight.
TODD duBOEF: In regard to the business end of the fight, the cable operators and our
partners at HBO – we have seen incredible interest. For not being a fight with a participant
named Mayweather or Pacquiao, this is the biggest fight in at least the last
five years, maybe even more. The
industry is bracing for that. Obviously Miguel Cotto has established himself as a rainmaker in the
pay-per-view industry and we think the chemistry between the two of them is
going to have incredible results.
Do you think it will reach one million
TODD duBOEF: Do I see that? Honestly I’m not sure. I
think that would be a little bit of a reach but the expectation is not one
million. I think that with regards
to a fight without a Mayweather or a Pacquiao in there, it's as big as it’s
going to get and that’s what our expectations are. The Puerto Rico Pay-Per-View systems are
going to be off the charts with buy rates and we see the rest of the universe
performing really well. There are
no limitations. We think it is a
successful promotion and if there is a relationship to the live gate – when we
went on sale, basically in four hours, we went clean and that is another great
indicator. I don’t have a crystal
ball for you but we anticipate excellent sales.
At what weight do you feel most
comfortable coming into the ring?
MIGUEL COTTO: I am going to go in the ring at the weight that is most comfortable for
me. It doesn’t necessarily have to
be 159. I am going to be
comfortable. I have going to be
happy. I am going to do my
Historically, when Miguel was at 140
specifically, it was chronicled by a lot of people that he blew up in weight on
fight night. He got to 155, 156 and
even 158 going into the ring but that was many years ago. What I have seen over time with Miguel
that he is a smarter fighter and more experienced and has Freddie’s team that he
feels great with and that’s what it comes down to. He is going to be at his optimum weight
when he is performing no matter what he weighs the day
The motivation for this fight outside
of winning the fourth world title – do you have another
MIGUEL COTTO: Obviously my family. My
father taught me at a very early age that your family is very important and they
are going to follow in your footsteps. They are going to see you in there. See what you do. And that’s
what I try to do – to be my best, to be a good example for them and there is no
more motivation than doing well for your kids.
Tell us about your fighters on the
MIGUEL COTTO: I think they are both wonderful kids. Jose Lopez is one that I think is
developing very well and he has a lot of fans now in Puerto Rico. Jantony Ortiz is going to make his pro
debut and everyone knows him from the Olympic team. I think you are going to see these kids
develop and bring great joy to the fans of Puerto Rico.
TODD DUBOEF: I think the history of the Puerto Rican influence and how it works with
boxing goes way back. The thinking
was in Las Vegas we had seen the rise of both Puerto Rican and Mexican
Independence Day holidays and we felt that if we could link something up with
the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which is their celebration, it could be something
magical, and who better to do it with than Miguel. I could say this, that the first event
there was some education. We had to give consumers – they weren’t used to the
walk-ups and the buying of the tickets I think previously at The Garden – for
some of the Tito Trinidad fights they had been throwing tickets around on the
town. But over time with Miguel we
have set up an incredible property and a great celebration for all Puerto Ricans
to come together. And Miguel has been terrific in leading the way for many more
fighters to come.
MIGUEL COTTO: Thank you, everybody for being here with us and being on this conference
call. There are a couple more weeks
to go. I hope everyone can enjoy
it. I promise a really good
fight. We are two good fighters and
I am just really excited about it
FREDDIE ROACH: I can’t wait until we get this fight on. It’s going to be the biggest fight of
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