Former three-division titleholder Miguel Cotto, one of boxing's biggest stars, has made two big changes as he looks to end a two-fight losing streak. He is switching trainers and returning to the promoter that helped make him a star and guided him to his world titles.
"I will be back in the ring on Oct. 5 on HBO with Top Rank and [with trainer] Freddie Roach in my corner," Cotto announced on Twitter on Saturday night.
Cotto is likely to face perennial contender Delvin Rodriguez in the junior middleweight bout, although the deal has not been finalized.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef and Cotto adviser Gaby Penagaricano both told ESPN.com that the fight will take place in Florida, at either Marlins Stadium, where Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins play, or the Amway Center in Orlando, the home arena for the NBA's Orlando Magic.
Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), 32, of Puerto Rico, will train with Roach at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., rather than in Puerto Rico or Florida, where he usually trains. In hiring the Hall of Fame cornerman, Cotto has parted ways with Pedro Diaz, the former Cuban amateur team coach who trained Cotto for his past three bouts.