Roger Mayweather not impressed with Cotto, thinks he has to pressure Margarito to win
By Allen Fox: Trainer Roger Mayweather isn’t impressed with the skills of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, and doesn’t know how much he’s got left after taking a bad beating from Antonio Margarito three years ago. However, Roger believes that in order for Miguel to win tonight, he’s going to have to pressure Margarito and take the fight to him instead of running away like he did last time they fought.
Roger told examiner.com “He [Miguel] hasn’t impressed me. Not really. He’s just basic to me…He’s going to have to be aggressive. He’s going to have to be aggressive because he’s shorter than Margarito. He’s going to have to be aggressive and he’s going to have to put more pressure on Margarito in order to beat him.”
Roger’s advice runs counter from the strategy that most people think Cotto can win with against Margarito. Cotto is a lot smaller than Margarito, and by taking the fight to him it’s going to be taking Cotto straight into a giant meat grinder. Cotto might be able to do well for three rounds using that kind of strategy but for a long 12 round fight, I think it would backfire on Cotto and cause him to gas out and take unnecessary punishment from the powerful Mexican.
The way to beat Margarito is the same way Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao did by hitting, running and using speedy combinations. Mosley used the hit and grab technique made famous by fighters like Bernard Hopkins and John Ruiz. Pacquiao just hit and moved and did really well against Margarito. Cotto doesn’t have the same kind of speed that Pacquiao has, and he doesn’t like to clinch. Unless he’s open to changing his fighting style, this could be a hard fight for Cotto. If he follows Roger’s advice, Cotto could make it really easy for Margarito.