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Saturday, April 14, 2012
RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Miguel Cotto has been dubbed "Ring Kings" in the build-up to their Cinco de Mayo fight later this year. After defeating Victor Ortiz with the help of a sucker punch 6 months ago, Mayweather Jr, 42-0, 26 KO's is a 7-1 favorite over Cotto as he continues to tiptoe around Manny Pacquiao.
The 31-year old Puerto Rican boxing superstar Miguel "Junito" Cotto is coming off a career-saving 10th round stoppage over arch enemy Antonio Margarito. The 154 Lb. belt holder is 3-0 with 3 KO’s training with Manny Steward and appears to have regained some of his old swagger. Since he won the WBA Junior Middleweight division title in 2010, he has displayed a marked improvement in his footwork as well as a more tactically diverse boxing ability.
"Floyd is a counterpuncher by trade and I don't think Mayweather knows how to take the lead in a fight like this. This older and wiser version of Miguel Cotto will show Floyd many different looks in this fight and give him a lot more trouble than most realize," states expert Mayweather Jr trainer Ronnie Shields. "Floyd Mayweather is a brilliant defensive fighter and I don't think it's going to be as easy as Cotto thinks to hit Mayweather.
But on the flipside, I don't think Cotto is going to be as easy to hit as Floyd believes...at least in the early to mid rounds." The pound for pound boxing champ doesn't show any signs of slowing despite long stretches of absence from the boxing ring. Although his legs are not quite what they once were, he has masterfully infused his boxing toolbox with fresh moves and quick jabs.
One of this year's most anticipated boxing event between two future hall of famers, this bout will definitely be a highly unpredictable one. It will be very interesting to witness Miguel Cotto's attempt in defying the odds and shutting up Floyd Mayweather, Jr by handing him his first career defeat.