Puerto Rican icon and WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto has emerged as the favorite to fight either WBO world welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao or WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather sometime this spring.
Speculation has run rampant that Mayweather (42-0, 26) and Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will finally clash May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, despite an estimated purse that could pay both boxers in excess of $50 million apiece, the absolute disdain between Pacquiao and Mayweather has jeopardized the likelihood that the prizefight will materialize and nothing has recently occurred to indicate otherwise.
Provided the uncompromising and insatiable camps for Pacquiao and Mayweather can’t come to terms, Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) would be a worthy adversary for either of the two legends this May or June.
Cotto, who retained his belt and earned revenge versus “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito with a 10th round TKO in their December 3 grudge contest before an electric crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is the third biggest pay-per-view attraction today.
Since pulverizing and outclassing Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), Cotto has now recorded five victories against one defeat since he lost a corrupt tangle with the evil Mexican nearly four years ago.
Roger “Pitt” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron is confident that Cotto, a 31-year-old four-time world champion in three weight divisions, is far from a spent prizefighter.
“Cotto isn’t done yet,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He proved that against Margarito. The cheater got the beating deserved.”
The 34-year-old Mayweather, who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes, has never thrown fists with Cotto.
On the contrary, Cotto, who was a visibly different prizefighter after Margarito hit him a few hundred times with cinder blocks, was defeated for the second time in his professional career by Pacquiao via a brutal 12th round TKO in November 2009.
The native of Caguas has seemingly been reinvigorated since he exorcised his demons and battered “The Tijuana Tornado” last fall.
The Cotto of 2012 is a significantly more formidable version than the one Pacquiao bludgeoned approximately two years ago in “Sin City.”
Cotto may not be able to trump either member of boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound royalty.
Nevertheless, if given the opportunity, Miguel Cotto would gamely arrive and step into the squared circle with the sole intention of leaving victorious against either pugilist.
Many pundits and onlookers contend that possessing such a mindset is akin to winning half the battle prior to the opening bell.
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