Cotto: I will decisively defeat Mayweather on May 5th
By Jason Kim: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to have to make sure he doesn’t get hit too much on May 5th by WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto because the Puerto Rican star hits too hard and can give Mayweather a real beating if he’s allowed to land his heavy shots all night long.
Cotto sees himself winning a decisive victory that will leave no questions about who the better fighter is on that night. Cotto, 31, said “I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.”
If Cotto is able to use his jab and power shots to harass Mayweather in this fight then I can see him winning. Mayweather hasn’t fought anyone with offensive skills like Cotto in ages.
You can’t count his last opponent Victor Ortiz because he just seemed to crumble mentally when he started getting hit a lot in the 2nd round and went downhill from there until getting stopped in the 4th when he dropped his guard to apologize for a headbutt.
Cotto is a lot more together in terms of being willing to take hard shots in order to land his own punches. The good thing is he doesn’t have to worry about getting hit with a lot of fast shots like he did in his defeat against Manny Pacquiao, because Mayweather is more of a pot shot fighter that looks to land counter punches. That’ll work if you’ve got an opponent that backs off and lets Mayweather dictate the pace but to beat him you have to throw a lot of punches.
Trainer Freddie Roach seems to know this already and that’s why he’s said many times that he thinks that Manny Pacquiao would beat Mayweather by throwing a lot of punches and outworking him. Cotto will need to give up on the idea of playing it cool by boxing Mayweather and will have to go back to his old fighting style pre-Emanuel Steward.
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