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Miguel Cotto was nothing short of ferocious on Saturday night.
You can say, "well it was only Delvin Rodriguez," all you want, but Miguel Cotto's performance on Saturday night in Orlando was pretty darn impressive. So much so, that it would appear rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Cotto, 32, was pretty much left for dead after back-to-back losses to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout last year. Most considered him an old 32—given the number of ring wars he'd been through—and expected that while he'd still compete, his days as a premier attraction at the top level were over.
You can pretty much throw all that logic in the trash bin of history now.
Cotto looked like he found the fountain of youth on Saturday night, and fighting for the first time under new trainer Freddie Roach, absolutely dominated the normally rugged and game Delvin Rodriguez before knocking him out in the third round.
Most impressive was that he did it in a fashion we became used to seeing when Cotto was in the prime of his career. He was a predator, stalking his foe, and he utilized his once-signature left hook to the body to devastating effect.
For a guy who was dismissed as an afterthought before the fight, the future suddenly looks bright. He's not under contract with any network or promotional body and has potential fights with Sergio Martinez (should he stick with HBO) or Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (if he jumps back to Showtime) in the offing.
And what's more, you can't count him out in either of those affairs.