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Steward: Cotto may be intimidated by his past beating from Margarito

Antonio Margarito Miguel CottoBy Dan Ambrose: Miguel Cotto’s former trainer Emanuel Steward sees Cotto as the more talented fighter this Saturday night in his revenge fight against Antonio Margarito. Steward points out that Cotto has the faster hands, and is the more talented fighter and will have a large Puerto Rican crowd behind him.

However, Steward thinks that the revenge aspect may not be the overriding factor in this fight and thinks that Cotto may harbor some deep down psychological fear of Margarito due to the beating he put on him three years ago.

Steward told the Wall Street Journal online ( “Miguel is faster and has the better skills. And as one of the most popular Puerto Rican fighters in history, he will have a huge Puerto Rican audience screaming for him in New York. But psychologically you have to wonder whether or not the revenge element will be the main factor or maybe Miguel will somewhere deep inside feel intimidated by the terrible beating he took last time.”

I think I already know the answer. I think Cotto is scared out of his wits. I know the look, and he’s got all the symptoms of a fighter that is frightened and I can’t blame him if he is. He took a terrible beating in his fight with Margarito. I mean Cotto threw everything but the kitchen sink at Margarito in that fight and yet he still kept coming.

It was scary to see all the shots Margarito got his with in that bout, he never stopped coming forward. Cotto might have made things harder for himself by constantly running because he seemed out of breath often when he would stop to land a shot. Instead of just planting his feet and standing his ground, Cotto ran.

He would have had much more power if he fought flat-footed compared to how he did fight by running. Cotto isn’t made to be a runner and he made a calculated risk by electing to run instead of his usual style of attacking his opponents. I see him making the same mistake on Saturday. He’ll run and then he’ll lose. The way for Cotto to beat Margarito is to go after him the way that Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao did. Will Cotto do that? Nope! He’ll run and then get blasted out after he gasses.

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