Eddy Reynoso, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's coach, had some strong words for Miguel Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach.
Alvarez beat Cotto via unanimous decision on Saturday, and though Reynoso admitted the judges' scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 were slightly harsh on the Puerto Rican, he believes Cotto's insistence he was the rightful winner is because of Roach.
According to Miguel Rivera of BoxingScene.com, he told ESPN Deportes:
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.
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.
Roach also received criticism from now-retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the aftermath of the bout. The undefeated fighter seemingly suggested Roach's belief that Cotto was winning prevented him from adequately or appropriately advising his charge.
The coach was left to do the talking in the post-fight press conference in Cotto's stead, as the fighter apparently refused to talk to the media, and he admitted he believed the judges chose the wrong winner, per ESPN's Dan Rafael:
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes that despite the poor scoring on the night, the ultimate result was correct:
Further, Mannix noted Cotto has form for his reaction after the contest:
While Cotto is naturally disappointed with the defeat and the highly questionable scoring of the fight will compound his sense of injustice, his opponent was ultimately the better fighter on the night and deserved to win.
With that being the case, it would be better for Cotto to simply move on in order to better focus and prepare for his next fight. He doesn't have many left, so he should be considering his legacy both in and out the ring. And his refusal to accept defeat in this instance isn't likely to help either.