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Puerto Rican Power: Miguel Cotto Looks To Dethrone Mayweather

It struck again; disappointment, frustration and anger. When word spread around a couple of weeks ago that boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would once again fail to come to terms on THE superfight of our generation, the all familiar feeling of being fed up with this match-up taking place was back in full force.

However the beauty of life is that disappointment can always be turned around into excitement, as in time many positive things can take place that reduce the impact of the negative event.

When Mayweather announced that he would be fighting Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto on May 5 instead of Manny, the dark disappointment from the failed negotiations started to fade and a rush of excitement began to kick in.

While not near the level of hype the Floyd-Manny fight would have garnered, a Floyd-Cotto bout is in no doubt a great fight on it’s own and represents a very stellar showdown between two of the sport’s top three pay per view stars. Back in 2007, this was the biggest fight that could have been made in boxing as Miguel had just beaten (in probably the most impressive run of his career) dangerous fighters Zab Judah and Shane Mosely, while Mayweather had dominated mega popular stars Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Floyd however retired in 2008 before any such match-up could be made and Cotto in turn began a downward descent.

Miguel took a viscous beatdown from the possibly loaded gloves of Antonio Margarito in what was the first loss of his career. Cotto looked vulnerable from then on as the erosion of his once unstoppable skills was confirmed when Pacquiao demolished Miguel in their 2009 showdown. It was apparent at that point that the likelihood of Cotto’s best days being gone was very real and likely true. Not only was Miguel breaking down inside the ring, but outside the ring his life seemed a mess too as he got into a very public brawl with his uncle and then trainer Evangelista Cotto, was accused of sexual assault by an ex-employee to go along with his outright acknowledgement that he was not a great husband to his wife, and had his father pass away very tragically due to a heart attack.

Determined to not fall to the darkness surrounding him, Cotto took some time off to rest then set out in 2010 to regain the glory he briefly possessed back in 2007 when he was arguably the second best boxer in the world. Not only did Miguel kick his comeback off with a knockout win over champion Yuri Foreman for a world title in his third weight class, he also seemed a little more mature and further dedicated himself to his wife and family. Two more knockout wins followed including a December vengeance KO over the man who began his dark downfall; Antonio Margarito. His demons now cleared, Cotto has once again started to look like the great force he used to be a few years ago.

It should be noted that when looking at the two times Miguel has lost in the ring, he was overpowered both times rather than outboxed. Antonio simply had the stronger punches (illegally?) while Manny’s once in a lifetime combination of speed/power was much too overwhelming for the Puerto Rican banger to handle. No fighter has successfully outboxed the intelligent Cotto in the ring; the closest was Shane Mosley who began to dominate Miguel in the late stages of their battle but Cotto was beautifully able to adjust and surprisingly outboxed the boxer in Mosley down the stretch to get the decision win.

It is no secret that Mayweather will very likely not engage Cotto in a war and will not be able to walk Miguel down with power shots much the way Manny and Margarito did. Once Cotto gets on the attack he was almost impossible to stop; much like an angry bull that sees red and continues to come until major damage is  done. If Floyd can outbox Cotto, he will be the first one to do so and much credit shall go to him for coming out on top over the heavy challenge Miguel represents.

It will not come easy though as on May 5 Cotto has the chance to complete the inspiring turn-around he has made since his dark days of 2008-2009. Miguel has seen the light at the end of the tunnel and knows that a win over Floyd will make his star shine brighter then he ever could have imagined it would. Therefore Floyd needs to be aware that in few short months he will have a beast in front of him that will not stop attacking until he is laid out, and that without having a power advantage over the resilient Cotto he will definitely need a trick or two up his sleeve to pull out a win.

4 Comments

  1. Olumide Akinola

    February 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Floyd Money Mayweather is still the greatest boxer of his generation , I have no doubt in my mind he will retire undefeated , however it must be said as a true honest boxing fan that floyd doesn’t overlook anybody from now on, especially because of the kind of money he can generate in any bout plus the fact that there is a huge rivalry between him and manny for the accolade of the greatest p4p boxer in the sport of boxing.
    It has to be said that some of us fans do love our heroes , but you have to love them enough to become greater than just boxing heroes, I personally want floyd to become the greatest name ever in boxing and the fight with cot to will uncountable underline that fact, TImothy Bradley who will be facing the pack man is another great fighter , I think in the eyes of boxing fans he might be more hungrier than FLoyd but until the May 5th fight , I don’t think for 1 second you right off the greatness in money may , he strives for this kind of hype and publicity and I think this will just be a rehearsal before the real thing whatever that is , for now we best ever fans look forward to May the 5th showdown and the countdown begins.

    • REYOCS

      February 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

      FLOYD WILL RETIRE AS A CHIKEN..FOREVER COWARD..ASHAME TO LAND OF THE BRAVE…THE LAST STAND BOXER THEY HAVE IS A COWARD GLADIATOR..WE REMEMBER FLOYD AS A BIG LOUD BAD MOUTH BOXER IN THE 20CENTURY…HE IS NOT GOOD ESAMPLE TO THE FUTURE BOXERS..
      HE IS IGNORANCE,,RACIST,,INSECURETY,,ALWAYS HATE LADAY,,
      HE BEAT NO ONE IN HIS PRIME TODAY IN THE WELTERWIEGHT..HE AVOID SO MANY BOXERS IN THE PAST UNTEL NOW..HE HAVE NO BALLS TO DEAL W/CREDABLE OPPONENT ALL HE CAN DO IS RACIST IN SUCIAL NETWORKING SITE…HE IS NOT BELONG TO THE HISTORY BOOK IN THE BOXING HALL OF FAME…HE BETTER BELONG TO HALL OF SHAME..

  2. Bardagul

    February 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Tweetweather is -600, Cotto is +400. The only chance cotto has the way i interprete that odds by the vegas bookmakers is a lucky punch. I just hope that the wiseguys are wrong this time and the cotto that defeated margarito recently will be the one who would show up and not the one who got demolished by the Pacman.

  3. nameless

    February 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Cotto has a puncher’s chance, Floyd has had difficulty @ 154 and doesn’t have a big punch that can discourage Miguel, but still, I see Mayweather winning this easily… Floyd is one of the best technical boxers today, Miguel have to try and muscle him around, but Floyd is too fast and cunning so even if Cotto traps him, Money can make adjustments. Floyd UD12.

    I was just thinking, this fight took years in the making, but made easily when COTTO LEFT TOP RANK.
    Then Bradley has been chasing Pac or May for years, but made easily too when BRADLEY JOINED TOP RANK.

    That explains why Pacquiao vs Mayweather is not happening, FU Arum…

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