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With all due respect of Miguel Cotto’s skill and experience as a fighter so with his heart as a warrior, I can honestly say that he had a very slim chance against the best counter puncher if not the best boxer in this era.
I may sound harsh to Miguel Cotto’s fans but then, I call it as I see and feel it. I am not a big fan of Mayweather but I bow to his skill and defensive prowess that 42 opponents never penetrate (except Castillo in their first fight) and so with, Cotto’s lion heart as a fighter.
Why I boldly state that he has a slim chance?
Height and reach
Cotto, although the naturally bigger fighter that debut at 135 while Mayweather at 130. Mayweather has the height and reach advantage. The advantages he possessed maximize his defensive style – fighting the distance. Height and reach advantages are essential to Floyd style so as to evade incoming punches and to keep the surging opponent a distance for an effective counter punching.
Age and fighting weight
Mayweather at 35 years old was never been scratch – pretty boy, was never been in pierce battle or even bloodied that much in any of his fights. Cotto on the other hand at 31 was brutalized by both Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito – assume to have loaded gloves, may subject to a wear and tear.
Miguel Cotto was never been the same fighter after the above fights, though resurrect his career by three consecutive winning streak – avenge his loss also to Antonio Margarito.
Fighting only for the second time in the light middleweight, Mayweather having no problem against a bigger and taller Oscar Dela Hoya. Cotto is more comfortable at 154 fighting for the fourth time might have the edge.
Skill by skill
In this department Mayweather highly dominate Cotto which is self explanatory if you are fan of the sport, but if not have some time to watch the videos below.
Cotto and Mayweather scheduled to enter the squared circle come May 05, 2012 in MGM Grand, Las Veagas Nevada.
Oscar Dela Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Juan Manuel Marquez
Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey
Foreman vs Miguel Cotto