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Mayorga’s offensive firepower will be a problem for Cotto

By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KO’s) probably has no business fighting in the junior middleweight division, because at only 5’7″, he’s little more than the typical height for lightweights. He’s been able to get by at welterweight because the division has been so weak in the past few years, and because he never fought certain guys like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Andre Berto and Mike Jones.

As it is, Cotto was destroyed by Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Recently, Cotto moved up in weight to take on Yuri Foreman, a fighter that possessed no power to speak of and was considered a paper champion. It didn’t matter how small Cotto was, because Foreman was too weak and too hobbled because of a bad knee to win.

Cotto won the fight, but it doesn’t really say much because Foreman wasn’t much of a junior middleweight and Cotto didn’t have to face a powerful or talented junior middleweight to capture the WBA title. Had he fought Alfredo Angulo or Erislandy Lara, you can pretty much guess what would have happened to Cotto. It wouldn’t have been pretty, believe me. Cotto is now facing Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KO’s) on March 12th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This fight is going to be a big problem for Cotto, because Mayorga still has his offensive skills almost completely intact despite his 37-years of age. Granted, his skills are a little dust covered from non use in the past four years, but Mayorga is still more than good enough to take out the little 5’7″ Cotto and beat him up as easily as Pacquiao and Margarito did. If Mayorga lands shots for more than three rounds, he’ll have Cotto bleeding like a stuck pig. The fight will be easy from there on out, because Cotto retreats when he’s bleeding and seems to lose his senses completely while trying to survive. Once Mayorga has Cotto on the run, it’s going to be an easy fight at that point.

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