Trainer Freddie Roach has revealed that he hopes Miguel Cotto defeats Canelo Alvarez this weekend in order to set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 55-year-old insisted that he is confident that his fighter will exploit Alvarez’s weaknesses and mistakes to seal a win by knockout.
While fellow middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin would also be an option for the winner in 2016 in order to unify the division, Roach has his sights set on an even bigger prize.
Mayweather announced his retirement after defeating Andre Berto in September to move to 49-0, and has since insisted that he has no plans to make a return to the ring.
Roach suffered further disappointment against the American superstar earlier this year when Manny Pacquiao was defeated by unanimous decision in the biggest event in boxing history in May, but he is adamant that now he is in Cotto’s corner, the pair can plot the downfall of Mayweather.
It remains to be seen whether or not ‘TBE’ can be convinced to make a comeback, and there are also question marks over the future of Pacquiao as he plans a return to action next year.
Whether or not he can tempt Mayweather out of retirement for a rematch seems unlikely given the overall reaction from experts and fans to the first bout, and so that could potentially open up the door for Cotto to step in.
Nevertheless, the main focus for Roach and Cotto should be on Alvarez, as the Mexican star is considered a huge favourite for their clash in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
A loss to the 25-year-old would undoubtedly scupper the plans of Roach, while Golovkin will also be watching with a view of facing the winner.