Trout’s stock goes up after beating Cotto; Mayweather’s stock goes down
By Allan Fox: In comparing how Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout both dealt with the same opponent Miguel Cotto in beating him this year it would seem that Mayweather’s skills are really starting to deteriorate at 35. Mayweather had to really struggle to beat Cotto, and the outcome was in doubt until Cotto faded badly after the 8th round last May. The fight was very winnable for Cotto if not for that.
Mayweather might was to look to get the Manny Pacquiao fight while he still can, because if he gets beaten by someone, which is a good possibility given his performance against Cotto, the big money that he’d have gotten against Pacquiao will go way down. The fight can still be made, but you can’t expect boxing fans to purchase a fight in high numbers involving two fading stars heading into their final years.
Trout beat Cotto more or less without getting his hands dirty. If you look at how unmarked Trout’s face was after the fight and then compare it to Cotto’s or even Mayweather’s when he fought Cotto, it’s like Trout wasn’t even in a fight. There was no swelling at all, no redness and no cuts for Trout. He looked as if he had gone for a morning run and was refreshed at the post fight press conference. Unlike Mayweather, Trout moved well on his feet and was able to elude many of Cotto’s bull-like charges and evade his wild swings.
Mayweather was hit frequently by both Cotto’s jabs and his power shots. Mayweather said that he had purposely fought a toe-to-toe battle in order to make it a more exciting fight for boxing fans to watch on pay per view. However, this is harm to stomach because Mayweather’s legs looked heavy and wooden. He had the legs of an older fighter that can no longer move around the ring like he once did.
Mayweather needs to get while the gettings good in terms of landing the biggest fights while he still can. If he’s smart, he’ll fight as often as possible because he’s losing a lot of money by fighting only once or twice a year. He may wish he had done this after he’s retired and possibly in need of money.