Mayweather vs. Cotto: Money May Will Remain Perfect After Miguel Cotto Bout
The latest bout for Floyd Mayweather Jr. features Miguel Cotto, but it will be the same song and dance with Money May controlling the fight from start to finish.
The usual banter has started ahead of the May 5th fight, featuring a boxer guaranteeing that he is doing everything possible to upset the world's best.
We have heard it all before, but there is nothing from Mayweather's camp to have me skittish that there will be anything but another win for the man who has so far been perfect in his results.
Don't consider this a love letter to Mayweather, because I join the masses in considering him the perfect villain in a fantastic sport. The hype he welcomes is perfect for his ongoing persona as the most polarizing boxer around.
You can't discount what he brings into the ring. He may be brash outside the ring, but he is anything but when the bell sounds, mixing speed with poise for a deadly combination that no boxer has been able to get around.
Cotto is offering his assessment of his training to Fox Sports, and his latest really should have fans hopeful that this fight may feature an upset.
I'm training really hard for this fight. I am motivated and focused to have a great performance on May 5. I know his style and his game and what he is capable to do for the win, but my trainer, Pedro L. Díaz, has the perfect game plan to defeat Floyd...I know how to make my opponent open to body shots. I’m an aggressive fighter. That’s my style, and that’s what puts me in a good position.
I have to echo what Oscar de la Hoya mentioned recently in patience being the call of the day against Mayweather. Via Fox News:
Miguel Cotto doesn't like a fighter to put a lot of pressure on him. It makes him box. It takes him out of his comfort zone. Floyd Mayweather doesn't like a fighter to be more patient than him. It's a matter of what style is going to win out.
Cotto likes to start the action and can be an engaging fighter to watch simply for his tenacity, but that is hardly going to get Mayweather on his heels, a boxer who has impeccable defense.
Who will win?
Don't take this to mean we will see a meltdown in the ring from Cotto, or domination from Money May. I am confident in this fight carrying on into the late rounds, if not the distance.
But Mayweather always gets his man.
There is always a round or two for boxers to get acclimated to the speed of Money May, and the process of him out-pointing his opponent will be immediate.
Cotto may have scouted Mayweather, but that works the other way too. He can't go into this fight and press the issues at every turn, because he will certainly be sent away in ultimate frustration.
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