|Can Miguel Cotto Pull It Off?
By Lou Catalano, Doghouse Boxing (May 4, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)
short answer? Probably not. Cotto is a world class fighter, a very
good boxer/puncher with the heart of a warrior. But let’s face it;
he’s not fighting another very good fighter. He’s fighting the
best. Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Victor Ortiz ended in such a
bizarre fashion that many people have forgotten just how easy he was
making it look before the knockout came. He was toying with Ortiz. In
fact, the only difficult time Floyd had all night came during his
infamous interview with 163 year old Larry Merchant.
showed he still had it all. Speed? Check. Defensive skills? Still
there. Agility? Yep. Only this time, Floyd had an edge to him. He
wasn’t just out there showing off his mastery of the sport. This
time, maybe for the first time since 2005 when he pounded Arturo
Gatti, he was out for blood. He put bad intentions on all of those
straight right hands he was landing with ease. The knockout may have
come in a shady fashion, but the knockout was coming regardless.
has looked comfortable at 154, the weight at which he’ll meet
Mayweather. In his last fight against Margarito, he used his movement
and underrated agility to defeat his nemesis easily. But that was
against Tony Margarito, not Floyd Mayweather.
Miguel Cotto fought Manny Pacquiao back in 2009, it was at a catch
weight of 145 pounds. Mayweather likes to state that he is fighting
Cotto where Cotto is comfortable, in contrast to the demands made by
team Pacquiao, who is naturally smaller. In his eyes, the weight will
make a difference and bring out a sharper, better Cotto. The reality
is that Pacquiao could have let Cotto come in at 145, or 155. It
would have made no difference. Cotto is a very good fighter. Pacquiao
is an all time great, just like Mayweather. Those two have a way of
making very good fighters look very ordinary. They just do it in much
Cotto to have a chance at an upset Saturday, he needs to catch
Mayweather clean with something he doesn’t see coming, just like
Shane Mosley did when he rocked “Money” badly in the second round
of their fight. His best bet to do that might be to forget about the
head for the first few rounds, and concentrate on tagging
Mayweather’s body to slow him down. Easy right?
will most likely happen Saturday is that Cotto will keep the fight
close for the first half of the fight, until Mayweather steps it up
and takes control. One guarantee is that Cotto will fight with
everything he has, for as long he can. Who knows, maybe the quiet one
will shock the world. Stranger things have happened.
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