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Cotto’s inability to stand his ground will get him knocked out by Margarito

Antonio Margarito Miguel CottoBy Dan Ambrose: If we learned anything from watching Miguel Cotto in his previous fight against Antonio Margarito it’s that Cotto doesn’t have the size, the chin or the power to stand up and fight Margarito in a traditional war.

Cotto has to run for him to survive in this fight. It doesn’t matter that Margarito isn’t quite the same fighter he was in 2008, he’s still the bigger and stronger fighter, and Cotto still can’t stand up to him. We’ve seen Cotto struggle in his fights against Yuri Foreman, Manny Pacquiao and Ricardo Mayorga when he tried to stand his ground and fight those guys.

What we saw in those fights is that Cotto took a battering any time he stopped and tried to fight it out. It’s going to be much worse for Cotto against Margarito on Saturday night because Cotto is made to order for Margarito in the same way Joe Frazier was made for George Foreman. It’s the way the short 5’7” Cotto leans forward just at the right height and angle for Margarito land his best punch, his uppercut. Cotto’s head is just at the right height for Margarito’s uppercuts to connect cleanly and with maximum power.

As such, with Cotto unable to physically stand up to Margarito in a war, it means that Cotto will be forced to run for his life in order to delay the knockout. Cotto doesn’t have the slender track athlete-type body of the typical boxer/puncher that moves a lot in the ring. Cotto is more of a square-shape and isn’t suited towards constant movement.

Cotto is made to move a little bit and fire off punches. He can’t fight a 12 round on the move and win against a good pressure fighter like Margarito. Cotto can beat an old lion like 38-year-old Ricardo Mayorga by moving constantly but not a better pressure fighter like Margarito. This is why I see the same outcome for this fight as I did last time they fought.

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