Cotto vs. Mayweather will be a total mismatch
By Dan Ambrose: More than a few boxing fans seem to have been taken in by the soft matchmaking that Bob Arum has done for Miguel Cotto since his loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009. Arum put Cotto in with three consecutive banged up or old fighters in the past three years – Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito – to give the appearance that Cotto has improved. He hasn’t.Cotto is just as shot as he was after the Margarito and Pacquiao losses.
Arum put Cotto in with Foreman, a fighter with no power and a bad leg, and Cotto was able to pick up his title. As far as Cotto’s vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. goes, it’s going to be a mismatch. Cotto hasn’t improved, he can’t box and he’s skin that tears if you hit consistently for any length of time. It’s going to be a bloodbath on May 5th with Mayweather battering and busting up Cotto along the same lines as Margarito in the first Cotto-Margarito fight.
Boxing fans are going to wonder what happened to Cotto after Mayweather takes care of him, but it isn’t going to be anything special that Mayweather is doing. It’s just going to be the fact that Cotto is fighting someone that’s not physically banged up like Margarito and Foreman were in their fights with Cotto, and not old as the hills like the 38-year-old Mayorga.
You can look good when you got a promoter putting you in with guys that he knows you can still beat, but things change when you take that fighter and all of a sudden put him in with class like Mayweather. Cotto won’t win a round in this fight and is going to get beaten to the point where he starts taking knees again. That’s how I see the Mayweather-Cotto fight. Cotto will be dropping to his knees when the going gets tough to escape the pressure from Floyd.
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