Mayweather vs. Cotto: Miguel Cotto Fights Back

Jess Matthew Beltran@sportsalchemistCorrespondent IIApril 30, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28:  Miguel Cotto is introduced at a press conference to promote his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at the The Apollo Theater on February 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Miguel Cotto has lost battles physically and emotionally throughout the years. A scarred warrior who refused to give up or give in, this is what he is made of. This has been his way in going through all the pain…one fight at a time, one step closer to redemption.

Losing has slowly become his ally. It was through losing battles that he found a way to win a war. His first loss to Antonio Margarito ended in controversy, and his beating against the hands of Manny Pacquiao was life-threatening.

But it was a process that he has to go through in order to be what he is now. The pains of losing his biggest battles are the ones that mold him to be a great fighter.

And now Miguel is reaping the fruits of his labor, his reward—Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This is his definitive battle, and this would be his ultimate redemption. This is the part where he is nearing the finish line, one last push and one last dash before raising his arms in victory. 

However, everybody knows that this is not an easy battle. His battered face and inflicted wounds are now gone, but it still left a scar to remind him of those wars. Floyd’s masterful mind certainly knows that one punch could bring back old memories.

On Cotto’s second defeat, he had a hard time adjusting after he was hit by Pacquiao’s left hook that made him back-pedal for most of the fight.

His first loss came in a brutal fashion against Antonio Margarito that brought Cotto’s invincibility cloak down, whether if it as due to loaded hands or not. Everything created a different kind of muscle memory that becomes the ghost in the past that will always come to haunt him.

That is why his TKO victory against Margarito last year was very crucial on his career path. However, he was battling a fighter who is a shadow of his former self, after Pacquiao battered Margarito in a fight that resulted in a broken orbital bone.

This has become the most important fight for Miguel Cotto. This would define his legacy—how well he bounces back after all his adversities.

Miguel’s calm demeanor can be attributed to a duck who swims peacefully on a pond. Tranquil on the outside but its foot is struggling on the inside. However, no matter the struggle, a duck will always stay afloat because it's accustomed to fighting back.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. might have chosen the wrong opponent. Miguel Cotto is tired of being bullied; he is tired of being underestimated. This is his time, and after all the struggles…he is now fighting back.