Anonymous – I’d have to agree with that but with Cotto you just never know because his one tough SOB.. Maybe Freddie brings back some flashes of the old pre MargaCheato Cotto…Posted September 25, 2013 12:55 pm
To me Cotto dosent have much gas left in the tank. He took some serious beatings by Maricheato and Manny. He never really had the proper defense he is a typical Latino Brawler type and guys like that dont last long. His style leaves him to accessible but he is one tough S.O.B.Posted September 25, 2013 12:51 pm
Happyboy – the Cuban Trainer had a terrible plan for Cotto, he over trained him and tried to turn him into a finess Boxer instead of working on his original Body attack hooker style which is what Freddie is now doing.Posted September 25, 2013 11:42 am
Mayweather snr had a better game plan vs Alvarez as compared to his brother vs Cotto.Posted September 25, 2013 11:11 am
Albeziel, you’re right, “Uppercuts are a nightmare for Cotto.” He went down from one by Pacquiao. He backpedalled from that point on, eventually yielding on a TKO. But Roach might help him find a solution.Posted September 25, 2013 10:50 am
Cotto gave a much better account of himself against Floyd than Canelo did. in fact, I believe Cotto-Mayweather was a draw. Floyd was taken to the brink many times in that fight.Posted September 25, 2013 10:46 am
Don’t know why you’re worried for him Ray Ray. Cotto is one of the most resilient fighters around. Delvin needs to be seriously worried about him however.Posted September 25, 2013 9:06 am
I’m worried 4 Cotto, not sure how hungry he still is….could b seeing changing of the guard sooner rather than later. Cotto, Marquez, Pacman….Posted September 25, 2013 1:38 am
Agree, Cotto’s body attack is key here. Rodriguez is long and lean at this weight but he’s prone to trading inside. It’s frustrating as hell but part of what makes his fights entertaining. If Cotto smacks his body from the opening rounds it’ll take out the starch of his straight punches.Posted September 24, 2013 1:48 pm
Cotto should stop the unorthadoxed Rodriguez by the 9th round.Posted September 24, 2013 11:34 am
Tark = Ramsey
Birds of a feather.Posted September 24, 2013 11:24 am
I don’t rate Roach as a trainer. His gonna come with his usual prediction of a KO only for Cotto to struggle to a decision win if he even wins this one. I hope Cotto retires soon and enjoy his moola.Posted September 24, 2013 3:05 am
Cotto just doesn’t have the stamina anymore. Expect a solid start, mid-fight fade and late hug, hold and dance away session for a decision victory. I think he’s just looking for a nice victory to end the career. Couldn’t go out on a losing note.Posted September 23, 2013 11:29 pm
I’m still not sold on Cotto at 154… his punches don’t have the effectiveness that they had at 140-147 and so his style has been somewhat muted against the bigger opponents.
Jonn E. JaGozza
I would think that Cotto would have no problem wiith Rodriguez,
He did retire MargaCheato and give Mayweather a much tougher night then Cinnabum so I’d say he has some life left in him.. LOLPosted September 23, 2013 1:12 pm
if Delvin stings or seriously hurts Cotto (which is predictable v. a Roach-trained fighter), Cotto will wilt, clinch, and backpedal his way out of a slugfest. his heart and Margarito-damaged psyche are no longer suitable for that brand of ring-greatness. particularly not with visions of snuggling with his blankie-buddy begin to float through his head even as he’s being pursued by a pumped-up opponent determined to force Cotto to his knees, which is a totally respectable way to concede a bout . . . for Cotto.Posted September 23, 2013 12:44 pm
Cotto is going to beat this guys brains out. Hope your family enjoys the money Rodriguez…cause you might be dead.Posted September 23, 2013 10:36 am
IMO Cotto will not be able to fight aggressive like he once did before the Marg”hands of cement” fight,,Marg beat out the mental toughness, Heart, from Cotto,,,after the Marg fight when the going gets tough Cotto gets on the bike,,,previous to the Marg fight Cotto would walk thru fire, etc,,Cotto’s damage was more to the spirit than physical,,Cotto has never been the same fighter,,and fans miss that it’s more mental than physical,,,Freddie and Teddy Atlas said it better before the Pacman fight,,Cotto’s main weakness now is mental,,,,PeacePosted September 23, 2013 9:56 am
I predict that rodriguez will upset the applecart and win this fight.Posted September 23, 2013 3:36 am
Cotto is better suited for 147. At only 5’7 small frame n short arm wont help him at 154. He cant beat any elite fighter at 154. He was much better at 147. At 154 due to his disadvantages he need to be more defensive minded. Thats why floyd can fight at 154. Neither can hurt anybody at 154Posted September 23, 2013 3:02 am
I believe Cotto fired his last trainer because he was telling him he was beating Floyd and Trout when he was way behind both opponents… Your corner has to have a good idea what’s going on, and if you’re ahead or behind — and the Cuban coach was too used to all his guys winning all the time.
Roach is not a good defensive coach… He can teach offense and he’s a good motivator…that’s it.. The key to this fight is the jab.. Just jab the crap out of Rodriguez like you did Foreman.Posted September 23, 2013 2:14 am
Older fighters need defense and the mind game. They need a trainer that can capitalize on the fighter’s ring experience and also adjust their style to best fit their slower reactions and battle-weathered bodies.
Some guys just can’t box like old men – Manny is a prime example of that. He only knows how to fight one way and his body can’t keep up with that.
Cotto on the other hand, has GREAT fundamentals and could probably adjust to a counter heavy defense oriented style pretty easily.
I agree with the people that say Roach isn’t the best trainer for Cotto right now.Posted September 23, 2013 2:13 am
Lols Ray Ray – James Toney, Pac etc. rate Roach.Posted September 23, 2013 1:11 am
I don’t think Freddie is the right guy 4 Cotto…cotto needs 2 stop jumping from trainer 2 trainer… Freddie is not a defence guy, that’s what cotto needsPosted September 23, 2013 12:52 am
Miguel Cotto needs to hang em up! This guy is going to end hurt and battered because he doesn’t want to retire. He’ll be another Eric Morales, Meldrick Taylor, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, and the rest of the fighters that just can’t retire. Miguel Cotto has accomplished more than enough. I get tired of seeing his entire family suffer because of Miguel’s selfishness. Forget the dumb reasoning that says he can fight as long as he wants to and he should go out on his own terms. That’s a bunch of horse manure. Just take a look at how many great or good fighters have ended up physically and mentally destroyed because they took too much punishment and could never stop because they thought they had one more fight in them. Miguel Cotto has more than enough fame and fortune. He has done it all. His wife and kids need him, and it’s a shame no one cares about them. Eventually some promoter will give him a shot at a title to use his name and make money off of him. Miguel Cotto needs to step away from this sport or his story will end sadly.Posted September 22, 2013 10:42 pm
Rodriguez can be an awkward, pestering fighter like Paulie M. If you’re not busy, you could end up losing and then wonder how the hell that happened! But…he should be peeing blood by the 7th.Posted September 22, 2013 9:42 pm
Cotto was more of a hunter in the lower weights, and when you are the one pressing, you need to create your openings instead of waiting for them.
One of the standard ways to do this is to work the body to drop the hands, and to throw combinations that mix body and head.
His style has become more circumspect as he has gone up in weight, not I think because he has forgotten the body, so much as he can`t afford to stand in front of people trying to pick body shots, he is “boxing” more.
I like Freddy Roach, but I don`t know that he is the best thing for Cotto in the long run. RPosted September 22, 2013 9:20 pm
I see fair judging as the key to victory.Posted September 22, 2013 9:00 pm
I never thought that Cotto’s problem was his offense, he needs to defend himself better, uppercuts are a nightmare for Cotto.Posted September 22, 2013 8:05 pm
since when would body-punching in general not be seen as a key to victory?Posted September 22, 2013 6:36 pm
“but it’s not realistic to imagine Cotto being able to get more out of his body than he already is.”
This is not true at all. Compare Juan Manuel Marquez’s body and performance in his last fight with how he looked and performed seven years ago. There’s always room for improvement. With a good strength and conditioning trainer, Cotto could rejuvenate himself somewhat.
I’m wondering if Cotto might be thinking of a rematch with Floyd?Posted September 22, 2013 6:23 pm
Emanuel Steward said the same about Cotto that Roach is saying now; early on his career Cotto had a devastating body shot attack, but somehow he forgot about going to the body. However, at this point of his career I doubt it’ll make much of a difference due to his wear and tear his body has experienced.
Although no doubt he’s a hall famer, his management mistakes and a cheater in Margo cost him more than he would ever admit. The first mistake was maintaining his uncle Evangelista Cotto as trainer for as long as he did…it was like a soap opera. To fight at a high level and be consistent, a fighter can’t afford distractions, and that’s what his uncle brought to Cotto’s corner, day in and day out.
Margarito, who IMO should had been investigated and send to jail, affected Cotto’s career a lot more than what anyone can imagine. Not much Cotto could have done about it, but the boxing commission had the responsibility to suspend Margo for life after his fight against Shane and they decided to slap of his hands instead.
Then after finally making the right decision in getting rid of Evangelista Cotto, Cotto made two huge mistakes; he hired his assistant trainer, Joe Santiago, as his trainer for his most important fight of his career against Pac. For some unexplained reason, though most experts and boxing fans could not understand why Cotto didn’t hire a true trainer for this important fight, Cotto and his handlers never advised Cotto on this issue. But then, to top it off, though he was having difficulties making the 147 welterweight limit, he agreed to fight Pac at a catch-weight, helping Pac to have the advantage on the fight.
Later, he hired the late Emanuel Steward as trainer and it turned out to be the right move. Emanuel was bringing the old Cotto back in a big way. However, Emanuel was too busy with Wladimir Klitschko and Andy Lee and wanted to be Cotto’s part time trainer; which led for Cotto to ditch Emanuel and hired Pedro Luis.
Don’t know why he ditched Pedro Luis as his trainer, but most successful fighter’s stick around with one trainer and Cotto hasn’t found that type of trainer, and perhaps never will. Roach may be a good choice as Cotto’s trainer, but for how long? There are still talk of him fighting Pac for the rematch, is that’s the case, Roach will go back to Pac’s corner, leaving Cotto to find yet a new trainer.
I would rather see Cotto retire from boxing in good health and without taking more damage, but if he wants to continue fighting, I wish him well. However, he can’t keep making the same mistakes that have brought him to this point.Posted September 22, 2013 5:28 pm
Cotto is awesome, He’s had many tough battles and lost some big fights, but he keeps fighting and has always taken on all-comers. I think Roach is a great fit for Cotto. I look forward to seeing him fight again soon.Posted September 22, 2013 4:50 pm