By Mark Vester
According to a report by El Nuevo Dia, internal problems may mark April 12 as the final time that Miguel Cotto will use his uncle, Evangelista Cotto, as trainer. Cotto will defend his title against Alfonso Gomez at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
A source told the paper that Cotto will switch to a very well known American trainer and move his future training camps from Puerto Rico to Florida. Judging by the new training location, Buddy McGirt comes to mind as a likely candidate.
"Miguel is going to have a very well known American trainer and he is going to trainer in Florida. Evangelista not going to be with Miguel anymore," the unamed source said.
The same rumors of rift between Cottos took place after Miguel's stoppage of Carlos Quintana in November of 2006. Both uncle and nephew did admit there were problems, but were able to work them out and more forward with their working relationship.
"That time they resolved their problems, but the situation has not really improved. The problem is that they both have a very strong character and regardless of that, Top Rank (Cotto's promoter) wants someone more experienced to work with Miguel," the source added.
Most remember last May's heated argument between Miguel's brother, Jose Miguel Cotto, and Evangelista. Jose Miguel would trade heated words in the corner with his unlce, and would go on to finish the fight with a lackluster draw against Prawet Singwanghcha.