According to Boxing News, Freddie Roach wants Miguel Cotto’s next bout to be against The Ring and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
In an utterly masterful showing, the 32-year-old Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) earned a third round TKO victory over Delvin Rodríguez last weekend at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
A four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, Cotto is now training with Roach and the duo focused on throwing more left hooks to the body versus the 33-year-old Rodríguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs).
Accordingly, the Puerto Rican icon landed 29 of his 55 blows to Rodriguez’s torso.
"I'd like Sergio Martinez straight away before someone else gets him,” said Roach, 53, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on four occasions by the BWAA.
“It's a great fight and I believe Martinez would be the perfect opponent. There's also the attraction of Miguel becoming the first Puerto Rican to win world titles at four weights. Sergio is always saying he can still make 154 but we could do a catch-weight of say 158lbs and I'd be more than happy with that match."
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) has been shelved for the remainder of 2013 after deteriorating against formidable Englishman Martin Murray in April.
Despite suffering another right knee injury, broken left hand and bad cut over his left eye, Martinez controversially outscored the 31-year-old Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) by three counts of 115-112.
Currently ranked as the fifth preeminent pound-for-pound pugilist, Martinez is graying and no longer the dominant force that won the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” award.
Regardless, Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are both future Hall of Famers and the two would give deserving fans “a great fight.”