By: Marcus “Mook” Washington
Miguel Cotto was left for dead after his lost to Austin Trout. After a spirited effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the conventional thought was Cotto would get back on track against Austin Trout. It seemed to be the perfect fight for Cotto coming off a loss. There was no threat of Trout hurting him and he doesn’t have the swift movement of Mayweather. But instead of Cotto taking advantage of his handpicked opponent, he looked lifeless.
As a walked out of MSG that night, I thought Cotto’s career was dead. There was no shame in that. His career was damaged by Margarito and his loaded gloves. He came down too low to accommodate Manny Pacquiao and took a beating. Cotto could walk away being a proud former champ but he decided to go another route. He eventually made a career saving move by hiring Freddie Roach.
Once Roach got his hands on Cotto, we saw the devastating left hook again. We saw him stalking him opponents again. We were watching a rebirth. Unfortunately for Sergio Martinez, as Cotto’s opened a door to a new chapter in his career as he shut the door on Martinez’.
After that fight, all boxing fans called for Cotto vs Alvarez but, as is always the case in boxing, we had to wait. We watched Alvarez destroy James Kirkland and just a month later, Cotto dismantled Daniel Geale. Now, we have our dream match-up and the most dangerous for Cotto.
Canelo Alvarez is a polished boxer with the ability to hurt Cotto. Alvarez can work off the jab and if he gets Cotto on the ropes, he could easily punish him like Pacquiao did. If he isn’t busy in the middle of the ring, Cotto could get dominated the same way Mayweather dominated him. There are landmines all over the place but Cotto is more prepared now than ever to deal with the challenge.
Roach will have to work some magic to conjure up a game plan to beat the skilled Mexican and Cotto must continue to prove that there is truly life after death.