Cotto vs. Mayorga Event: Worst Stinker of the Year
By Francisco Hernandez: If you think the Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight stinks, you may have to really pinch your nose hard for the Cotto vs. Mayorga event, because that is a really bigger stinker, worse than the restrooms at the Chicago bus station. Give me a break; you got Miguel Angel Cotto, despite being the nicest person you can meet, his face can no longer take a punch without turning into a big red balloon, fighting a 37 year old Ricardo Mayorga who cannot beat any junior middleweight of substance. Ricardo Mayorga falls easily when hit, if Cotto hits him with one good shot, the Nicaraguan loud mouth will hit the deck and not get up. If Cotto gets hit, his face will swell up and he will struggle to win a decision. The question though is why are these two fighting? What’s the purpose? No one is interested in a faded Mayorga, he doesn’t have a future in boxing, he can’t beat any good junior middleweight?
You’ve got Yuri Foreman, who is this guy? What he has done to merit anything in boxing. Yuri Foreman decisioned a pathetic Daniel Santos who looked like he was about to fall asleep for most of the fight, Foreman went on to look like a joke when he limped around the ring against Cotto and lost miserably. I never bought the line that his leg was injured; I suspect he used that as a crutch to wimp out of getting knocked out by Cotto, because if your leg or knee is really that bad, how can you run or spar with a leg that is coming apart. The point is: who is Yuri Foreman that he is being sold to boxing fans as a serious fighter? He looks like a miserable joke to me.
Then you have Miguel Vazquez against Leonardo Zappavigna. These are two honest fighters but they are not much compared to what is in the rest of the lightweight division. Miguel Vazquez will win a decision against Zappavigna, Vazquez is like an octopus: first he hits you then he ties you up. Vasquez style of fighting is identical to Andre Ward’s; their fighting style stinks but win fights. Vazquez has an ugly style of fighting that is made to defeat punchers and brawlers like Zappavigna. It will be a boring fight with Zappavigna missing most of his punches while Vazquez pot shots him and then ties him up.
If you are talking about stink, then Joshua Clottey comes immediately to mind. This is the same guy who ripped off millions of fans in Dallas when he and Manny Pacquiao staged the stinker of the decade. Clottey refused to fight and was content to hide like a turtle in his shell for the entire fight. Clottey has the reputation of fighting just hard enough to lose. Clottey has no heart. I would rather burn my money than spend it on anything involving Joshua Clottey.
I hope the promoters are handing out oxygen masks to the poor fools who will actually buy this event, they will surely need it because the stink will be unbearable, worse than horse stables.
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