Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cotto has a solid gameplan vs Mayweather

The highly anticipated bout this year Mayweather vs Cotto scheduled on May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Dubbed as Ring Kings, which co-features the match-up between Saul Alvarez and Shane Mosley, the event featuring three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather will be another exciting battle this year.

Before Cotto will step up to the ring and face Mayweather, Miguel Cotto will need a "good strategy" if he hopes to pull off an upset against undefeated American champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they fight on May 5 in Las Vegas.

I think he definitely needs a good strategy to win the fight. I don't know what strategy he and his trainers are using.

Cotto's going to have to have a definite solid plan because Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the best all-around boxers I ever saw.

Steward worked with Cotto for his first two fights in the junior middleweight division, which saw the Puerto Rican boxer defeat Yuri Foreman and Ricardo Mayorga. But Cotto replaced Steward with Cuban trainer Pedro Luis Diaz prior to his rematch against Antonio Margarito last December.

Cotto won the rematch against Margarito via a 10th round technical knockout, but Cotto did not do anything new in that fight.

I know in that last fight when he beat Margarito, he just simply was really using the same thing he did the first time. He was just out-speeding Margarito, because he's slow.

The fact that Margarito was getting to him at the end, and really had almost started duplicating the first fight, meant that he was going to have problems going down the stretch over those last two rounds.

Against Mayweather, Cotto will need a "much more defined game plan".

If Cotto fights the right fight, one of the keys is going to be a good jab and he's going to have to maintain his balance at all times," he said. "He cannot be fighting with his head down too far, and his elbows out, and his feet spread apart while he’s trying to bob and weave."

Floyd is too crafty for that and Floyd will systematically pick him apart. A lot of the intangibles favor Floyd.

I'm expecting Mayweather to put on a good show and "try and make a statement" against Cotto.

I have so much repsect for Floyd Mayweather for taking this fight, because he wants to do something big and spectacular. Since it wasn't (Manny) Pacquiao, to me the biggest and best fight he could have made, and maybe one of the riskiest, was Miguel Cotto.

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