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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Miguel Cotto: The Next Best Thing?
Millions of fight fans wanted to see a Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight on Cinco de Mayo. But while we wait for this fight to end all fights to happen, Mayweather will be contending with Cotto, instead. The over-all feeling is disappointment. However, it would be severely unfair to dismiss the Puerto Rican boxer altogether.
Miguel Cotto has had an impressive run so far since his last loss to Manny Pacquiao back in 2008. Mayweather himself acknowledges that Cotto cannot be blamed for that defeat, owing to his struggle to bring down his weight as well as his relative inexperience against the "Pacman". But "Junito" Cotto has come a long way. He's a better and faster fighter and training under the celebrated Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz has made a world of difference for the 31-year-old. He has shown, especially in his last two fights in defense of his title, that he is extremely strong and has the uncanny ability to control a fighter's position around the ring whenever he chooses to. He can manhandle his opponents when they get in close or when they bully him to the ropes - a strategy he effectively used against Margarito. Everytime they got tied up he was quick on his feet and used his superior leverage to shove Margarito away.
If Cotto can use his awesome power and punching prowess while sticking to the gameplan Pedro Diaz lays out for him, he might just give Floyd Mayweather Jr a run for his money. Perhaps he can take a page off of Jose Luis Castillo's book who squared off against Floyd almost a decade ago in a fight many thought Floyd lost as Castillo got away with making a punching bag out of Mayweather who clung against the ropes. At the end of the day, thought, it's Miguel Cotto's discipline and all-business attitude that definitely gives him the edge.