Cotto and the junior middleweight division
By Luis Berrios: Miguel Cotto the proud fighter from Puerto Rico, now a junior middleweight, people are asking “why Cotto hasn’t fight any of the best from the middleweight division?” the reason is simple, he is adapting to this weight class. Cotto moved last year to the junior middleweight division, after the Manny Pacquiao fight. What Miguel is trying to do is fight his way back to the top to get another fight against Pacquiao.
The first fight for Miguel at 154 pounder was against Yuri Foreman, everyone is saying that he was a paper champ because his recent lost against Pawel Wolak, I think that fight happened too soon for Yuri, he needed a warm up fight to test his new knee and get back his confidence. Miguel look good against Foreman because he want back to what made him champion, his boxing skills, he moved well in the ring and was keeping is arms up.
One of Cotto’s mistakes against Antonio Margarito and Pacquiao was his poor defense; he always lowers his arms to throw a punch and that’s when he was tagged by a counter punch. Steward is doing a great job improving Cotto’s defense. I agree on the decision to fight Ricardo Mayorga, a guy with a name and little left on his tank, this was a warm up fight for Miguel, he needed this fight to test his new shoulder and the result was good. I wanted to see more action on the fight but I was happy with Cotto’s performance, he was calm, dancing on the ring, throwing nice combinations, getting back to his original workaround to destroy the opponent, he didn’t need to rush his work, he needed more than just a simple KO, he needed to prove his workout with Steward is working, his stamina is improving and he hasn’t lost his boxing abilities.
To be honest I don’t see Cotto fighting any of the top middleweights top contenders because he only has 3 fight lefts. His rematch against Antonio Margarito, it will be at 154lbs. I don’t know if the tittle will be on the line. This will happened because Cotto needs to prove that he is back and his lost against Margarito didn’t affect him. After this fight he maybe go back to welterweight (147lbs) for a warm up fight against any of the top contenders, like Andre Berto, to seek a fight against Manny Pacquiao at welterweight. There is no secret that Emmanuel Steward wants Cotto to fight Paquiao at welterweight.