By Miguel Rivera
Eddie Reynoso, trainer for WBC middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, is a little upset with Freddie Roach, who trains Miguel Cotto.
Last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Canelo won a very wide twelve round unanimous decision over Cotto at the Mandalay Bay.
After the fight, Roach told media members that he felt Cotto had done enough to earn the decision and he was confident they were ahead on the scorecards when the fight entered the championship rounds.
Reynoso admits the fight was close and the judges scored the contest a little too wide. The official scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. Reynoso says the more appropriate score was 116-112.
When Cotto returned to Puerto Rico, he told numerous media members that he was robbed and felt he won at least eight of the twelve rounds. Reynoso believes Cotto is making those statements because Roach put it in his head that they were robbed of a victory.
"Freddie Roach has already polluted [Cotto's mind], because both of them are not saying anything other than they won. Critics at the highest level have said it was a close fight, and I've also said that, but the fight was clearly won by Saul," Reynoso told ESPN Deportes.
"He didn't need to win by 40 points. He only needed the three judges to give him the victory. For my taste, he won by 3 to 4 points, but what Freddie has done is contaminated [the thoughts of] Cotto. [Roach] rarely admits defeat and invents things. The correct card was 116-112, because you have to be realistic."