Mayweather vs Cotto: 4 Reasons the Fight Will Be Intriguing

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IApril 11, 2012

Mayweather vs Cotto: 4 Reasons the Fight Will Be Intriguing

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    One of the biggest PPV and boxing events of the year is less than a month away. 

    Miguel Cotto will put his belt on the line against the undefeated and seemingly unbeatable Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    When the fight was first announced, it was to the dismay of many. People would say that Cotto was still damaged goods or he's Pacquiao's leftovers and a win wouldn't mean as much.

    That's not going to be the case come May 5th.

    Win or lose, Cotto will give a spirited effort and give more of a fight than most people expect. Here are four reasons why the fight between the two men will be intriguing. 

The Idea of Rebirth for Cotto

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    When Cotto lost for the first time against Antonio Margarito, people began to question whether this brutal loss was irreparable.

    In his next fight against Joshua Clottey, Cotto eked out a split decision. If Clottey had put on more pressure, Cotto would have another loss on his record.

    After losing to Pacquiao, Cotto moved up to Junior Middleweight to challenge the undefeated Yuri Foreman for his title belt.

    After stopping an injured Foreman, and taking his belt, the idea of a resurgent Miguel Cotto began to gain traction.

    Cotto defended his belt against Ricardo Mayorga before avenging his first loss to Antonio Margarito with a later round TKO.

    If you're scoring at home, that's three knockouts at 154 pounds.

The Common Opponent

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    Miguel Cotto will be the 5th common opponent between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

    Juan Manuel Marquez: Shut out by Mayweather, while Pacquiao had to go life and death with him three times.

    Ricky Hatton: Pacquiao blitzed the British boxer in two rounds while Mayweather broke him down over 10 rounds.

    Shane Mosley: Both men shut Mosley out on the scorecards, but Pacquiao knocked Mosley down while Mosley hurt Mayweather in the first two rounds.

    Oscar De La Hoya: Mayweather won a split decision in a fight that didn't seem as close as the scorecards portrayed while Pacquiao retired the Golden Boy.

    With that being said, there will be the need to put on an impressive show. The argument of who beat who better has always been one of the main points fans tried to make between the two pound-for-pound greats.

    Without a doubt, Mayweather is aware of this and knows that he needs to not only put on a good show, but do it in a dominating fashion. 

The Trainers

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    In Floyd's corner, you have one of the most outspoken trainers in the game. Don't let that fool you though, he's one of the best. The uncle-nephew combination between Roger and Floyd Jr. has yet to fail.

    Cotto is going into his second fight with the renowned former Cuban amateur coach Pedro Diaz. Diaz worked with the Cuban amateur team for a very long time, the same team that usually swept the Olympic medals.

    The two first hooked up in Cotto's rematch with Margarito. The two seemed to work well together and Diaz is committed to Cotto's success. He's a Cuban defector who left everything he had behind so he could train in the United States.

Floyd's Jump Up to Junior Middleweight

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    Floyd will be jumping up to Junior Middleweight again to add another title to his shelf. The last time Floyd did that was when he jumped up to 154 to challenge Oscar De La Hoya for his title back in 2007 for the WBC belt.

    Floyd ended up winning in a split decision, that was the closest that anybody has come to beating him in a while.

    Now he's going up again against one of his toughest, if not the toughest, opponent since then. 

    Floyd will be fighting Cotto at 154, a weight that Cotto feels comfortable. Cotto is also riding a three knockout streak in his new weight class and will be younger than when Oscar fought Floyd. It also doesn't hurt to mention that Cotto is riding a wave of confidence that could motivate him even more for the fight.