When Miguel Cotto faces Sergio Martinez this Saturday night in Madison Square Garden, he'll face a number of tactical problems. Martinez has a six-inch reach advantage and is far larger. He's also the quicker, more explosive athlete.
And there's also the fact that he does everything backward. Martinez is one of the best southpaw fighters in recent years. And fighting in a left-handed stance always creates a certain degree of awkwardness for an opponent.
Cotto is a highly skilled, well-rounded fighter who knows how to fight a lefty. He's trained by Freddie Roach, the man who has developed Manny Pacquiao into the best southpaw in the game.
But it's another factor Cotto will have to be ready for.
There is a healthy crop of lefties in today's boxing scene. Notable southpaws who didn't quite make the cut for these rankings include current junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, former junior middleweight champion Austin Trout, former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and undefeated welterweight contender Leonard Bundu.