According to Abs-cbnnews, Freddie Roach, the long time trainer of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, says Floyd Mayweather can knock out Miguel Cotto when they throw leather on Cinco de Mayo.
“I think Cotto's been declining ever since (Antonio) Margarito beat him up so badly,” Roach said. “He's really a bit on the downside at this point. I think Mayweather may even stop Miguel now,” he added. “The speed and the boxing ability will be a big difference.”
The three-division titlist and four-time world champion suffered an 11th-round TKO, courtesy of his arch-rival Antonio Margarito, back in July of 2008. That was also the first time Cotto had tasted defeat in his 32 outings as a professional boxer.
The manner of his loss, however, was shrouded in controversy, following allegations that Margarito’s gloves were loaded during the match.
That said, the furor surrounding the match gathered even more momentum when it was found out that Margarito attempted to employ the aforementioned illegal hand-wrap in his 2009 clash with Shane Mosley—an offense that subsequently led to his suspension from boxing.
Though he avenged that loss in December of 2011 via 10th-round TKO, his decimation at the hands of Filipino congressman Pacquiao in 2009 has led many to believe that Cotto isn’t the same fighter he once was prior to those defeats.
When Cotto (37-2-30 KOs) defends his WBA super welterweight crown in several months time, he’ll be up against arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter in Mayweather.
Thus far in his career, “Money” has registered 26 KOs, and is undefeated in 42 outings. He possesses speed, ring savvy and has above average punching power as was evidenced in his match with Ricky Hatton—implementing the check-hook to score a TKO in Round 10.
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