Cotto's Trainer Learned Outside the Ring

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Joe Santiago is 32 years old. He has never boxed, not once, never built a champion, never trained a fighter for a bout of the magnitude that awaits him Saturday.

Santiago speaks softly, in Spanish, his baseball cap turned backward, his baby face revealed. He is not a trainer cut from the cloth of the “Rocky” movies. He lacks the facial scars, the advice delivered in gruff tones and colorful language, the ever-present stogie.

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