Camp Cotto a contrast to Margarito's father-son relationship with trainer
Miguel Cotto's frosty relationship with uncle/trainer Evangelista Cotto has been well-publicized. Will the tumult spill into the ring and affect Cotto's performance against Antonio Margarito on Saturday?
Originally Published: July 24, 2008By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Chris Farina/Top Rank Mutiny at the MGM Grand? Miguel Cotto, left, has been eager to downplay issues with his trainer/uncle, Evangelista Cotto.LAS VEGAS -- One has practically a father-son relationship with his trainer, even though they've known each other only since 1999. The other's relationship with his trainer is strictly business, even though they are family. Each pairing has been a success, but the contrast between Antonio Margarito's rapport with trainer Javier Capetillo and Miguel Cotto's rapport with his uncle, Evangelista Cotto, is stark. Which one works best? We'll find out when Cotto defends his welterweight title against Margarito on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand in one of the most anticipated fights of the year.
Puerto Rico's Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) has been trained by his uncle, the brother of his father, Miguel Cotto Sr., since he was an amateur. After the 2000 Olympics, Cotto turned pro with Evangelista in his corner and went on to win a junior welterweight title before moving up in weight and winning a welterweight championship. Now, Cotto is among the sport's elite and near the top of the pound-for-pound list. Evangelista certainly has played a key role in his development and rise to stardom, but they have had an increasingly frosty relationship. Even in the gym, Evangelista is more of a supervisor rather than a hands-on trainer. It's not a topic Cotto enjoys talking about, but he did open up about it a little on Wednesday during a candid interview session. "It's like a marriage. We have our problems, we have our happy moments," Cotto said. "Before my last fight [an April knockout of Alfonso Gomez], some of the press made more of it than it was to create controversy." Their relationship has been deteriorating for quite some time. One of the bumpier moments came in May 2007. That's when Miguel's older brother, Jose Cotto, also trained by Evangelista, faced Prawet Singwancha for a vacant lightweight belt. After the ninth round of what turned out to be a draw, Jose and Evangelista got into an altercation in the corner on national television. Miguel came up from his ringside seat to intervene.
Chris Farina/Top RankEvangelista Cotto has butted heads with Miguel Cotto in the past. Will it have an affect on his charge in the ring?
|TV lineup for Saturday night's Top Rank/HBO PPV card (9 ET) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: • Welterweights: Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs) vs. Antonio Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs), 12 rounds, for Cotto's title • Junior flyweights: Giovanni Segura (19-0-1, 15 KOs) vs. Cesar Canchila (26-1, 21 KOs), 12 rounds, for a vacant interim title • Junior welterweights: Michael Alvarado (21-0, 14 KOs) vs. Cesar Bazan (48-10-1, 31 KOs), 10 rounds • Junior featherweights: Bernabe Concepcion (25-1-1, 14 KOs) vs. Adam Carrera (19-3, 8 KOs), 10 rounds -- Dan Rafael|
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