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Young bucks, take note: True class dictates a suit for moments like this.
The cynic inside of me can't help wondering what Miguel Cotto did to deserve this June 7 shot at Sergio Martinez's middleweight crown. He went 0-2 in 2012, dropping his light middleweight belt to Floyd Mayweather and then losing his next fight against Austin Trout.
In his comeback fight in 2013, he looked impressive TKOing Delvin Rodriguez. But Rodriguez is on the bubble for the 154-pound top 10, at best. How does beating him earn Cotto a title fight at 160?
And with two other undefeated titleholders at 160, Gennady Golovkin and Peter Quillin, it's fair to wonder why Martinez would pick an opponent who is arguably not even top five at 154.
But the pure boxing fan inside of me is fine with all of this. Cotto and Martinez are both future Hall of Famers and two of the best of their generation. This superfight exists merely to generate big paydays for the two of them as they wind down their careers, and they frankly deserve it.
While the fight will be entertaining, I'm not sure it will be very close. Martinez is a bigger, quicker fighter with far more explosive power. He has seven inches of reach on Cotto.
Cotto is a smart tactical fighter, and if anybody can find a way to win in the face of such physical disadvantages, it's him, particularly with Freddie Roach in his corner.
Martinez is 40 and is coming off multiple surgeries in the past two years. If he was sure he was 100 percent of what he was three years ago, he'd be fighting Golovkin.
Just the same, until I see that Martinez is completely shot with my own eyes, there's no way I can pick Cotto to win. Martinez wins this by Round 10 TKO.