Schaefer: Malignaggi scored Cotto-Trout a draw
By Dan Ambrose: Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was really dancing around coming up with excuses for his fighter Miguel Cotto’s loss to WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout last Saturday night in Madison Square Garden.
It really got interesting when Schaefer said that he was still considering matching Cotto with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez instead of having Alvarez fight Trout, the winner. That was the strange part, because Schaefer was in effect rewarding the loser of last night’s fight between Cotto and Trout rather than the winner.
Before mentioning his plans of still thinking about putting Cotto in with Alvarez, Schaefer brought up Showtime analyst Paulie Malignaggi’s scoring of the Cotto-Trout fight, saying how Maligaggi had scored the Cotto vs. Trout fight a draw. What Schaefer didn’t say was that Malignaggi’s colleagues at Showtime had both scored the fight for Trout. Malignaggi was the minority opinion with Showtime last night.
Schaefer said at the Cotto-Trout post fight press conference: “It was an interesting fight. I think the scoring was way too wide. 119-109, 117-110, was way too wide. Paulie Malignaggi, who scored it for Showtime on the air, had it a draw, 114-114. Different opinions, but definitely it wasn’t as wide as it was scored. It was an interesting style match-up. We knew Austin Trout had a different style. He obviously caused Miguel quite some problems, but Miguel came to fight and had his moments, and I think it was a lot closer than the results showed…We knew Austin Trout wasn’t a well known name, but we were pleased with the turn out [of fans at Madison Square Garden]. We knew Austin Trout wasn’t a Antonio Margarito.”
Schaefer can bring up Malgnaggi or whoever he wants to try and give a spin on Cotto’s loss; the fact of the matter is Cotto got dominated in the second of the fight and he diddn’t look at all good in those last 7 rounds. Is Schaefer goes ahead and makes the Cotto vs. Alvarez fight instead of Alvarez vs. Trout, it’s going to look bad with boxing fans.