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Cotto vs. Mayorga this Saturday: Ricardo says Miguel will retire after this fight

Miguel Cotto Ricardo MayorgaBy Dan Ambrose Ricardo Mayorga says he’s going to retire WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto this Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayorga wants to not only beat Cotto but humiliate and send him into permanent retirement from the sport. Cotto is the favorite in this fight but you can’t really put much stock in that because of how poor Cotto has been looking in his fights against quality opposition.

Cotto looks great when matched softly against guys like Michael Jennings, but when you put him in with quality fighters, Cotto falls apart, gets cut, swells up and struggles. He was taken out by Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito in brutal beat down defeats. Cotto came back in his last fight to beat up a badly injured Yuri Foreman by a 9th round stoppage after Foreman injured his already injured right leg. Because of Foreman’s injury, it tainted Cotto’s win and you can’t really get much from that fight because of how the injury changed the fight’s outcome.

Mayorga said this about Cotto at a recent press conference: “Miguel Cotto and Emanuel Steward are failures. When I am done with Cotto, he is not going to fight anymore.”

If Mayorga can cut up Cotto, we could have an interesting fight on March 12th. Cotto has problems when he’s cut and he doesn’t seem to do well when he starts getting hit on a regular basis. It’s as if the loss to Margarito took something out of Cotto and permanently changed him for the worse. Cotto does good when he’s landing shots, but seems to crumble when he’s met with resistance for more than three rounds.

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