Found May 02, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) may be a decided underdog coming into this Saturday's showdown with Floyd Mayweather (42-6, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the Puerto Rican battler will be in a much better place, psychologically, than at any point since 2008. Cotto's familial cycle of strife and reunion seems to have calmed and, even in the gym, things have settled down with Pedro Diaz assuming the role of head trainer without all of the drama usually associated with that position. But those are minor details for a fighter like Cotto, the former junior welterweight, welterweight, and reigning WBA junior middleweight titlist. They are things that make life run a little smoother, but, ultimately, matter little on the main stage of elite-level combat. No, Cotto's better frame of mind will come from him being able to assume the role of hunter in this upcoming bout, a role he hasn't really been able to step into since ripping Alfonso Gomez apart in defense of his WBA welterweight title back in April 2008. It's in Cotto's DNA to come forward and grind an opponent down with thudding body shots and precision blows upstairs. When assuming the role of hunter, the Caguas native looks like a deadly, fine-tuned predator. The style fits him and he executes it like few others. The problem comes when Cotto can't be the predator and is left to play-act the role of another fighter. Against Antonio Margarito in 2008, Cotto found himself in the ring with a bigger, stronger predator (with, possibly, plaster-laced hand wraps) who forced Cotto to fight in retreat. Cotto battled bravely as best he could, but completely fell apart when he could no longer be the real Miguel Cotto. Eventually, he would be forced into taking a knee in the eleventh round. Then, after a close and bloody split decision win over Joshua Clottey in his next bout, Cotto would be matched against the Filipino sensation, Manny Pacquiao. Immediately upon being mentioned as the likely foe for Pacquiao, the stoic Cotto would find himself thrust into the role of prey as Team Pacquiao imposed its will on him via pre-fight contractual stipulations and even an odd catchweight clause forcing the defending welterweight titlist into a 145-pound weight limit. Outsiders question the impact of the two-pound catchweight clause, but the two pounds was never really the issue. Cotto, a take-action type of guy by nature, responded to the weight stipulation by going to camp weeks earlier than usual and, by all accounts, paying a disproportionate amount of attention to making that arbitrary limit in an effort to avoid the heavy monetary penalties written into the contract. In the ring, a stalking Cotto was rendered impotent when faced with the unpredictable frenetic energy and off-putting footwork of Pacquiao. By the middle rounds, Cotto found himself in full retreat en route to a 12th-round TKO loss. Margarito and Pacquiao are two very different fighters, but they beat Cotto handily due to the same reason. They were able to turn the predator into the prey. Cotto's predatory style had been negated by a beast too big to be hunted in Margarito and a target too deadly to be caught in Pacquiao. But against counter-punching, defensive specialist Mayweather, Cotto will finally be stepping back into the role of hunter. For the first time since he ruled the welterweight division with an iron fist, the Boricua bomber will be coming forward in full pursuit. Now, the question remains whether Cotto, even at his best and fighting his own type of fight, will be good enough to handle a fighter like the five-division world champ Mayweather. Sometimes, in the wild, the predator has everything working in his favor, but still can't catch his prey. And sometimes, in the ring, one fighter, strength vs. strength, is just better than the other. But, whatever the case, if Cotto gets beat on Saturday night, it won't be because he wasn't allowed to fight his fight or be who he wants to be. If Mayweather scores the win, it'll be because his style was able to nullify Cotto's aggression. Consequently, if Cotto loses, an argument could be made that it will be the first time Cotto, being Cotto, was simply outclassed. On Saturday, fight fans will see two elite fighters execute their preferred styles in the ring -- Cotto, the deadly hunter against Mayweather, the wily and venomous prey. Win or lose, there will be no excuses. Both fighters will be exactly who they like to be, fighting how they like to fight on even terms. Strength vs. Strength.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs. Miguel Cotto: Keys To The Fight, Part I

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2012, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto on May 5 on HBO pay-per-view. Previously: the stakes of Mayweather-Cotto; the undercard, previewed. Next: keys to the fight, part II.Mind. Matter. How do Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Miguel Cotto stack up in those categories? In the first of two parts, we compare their...

A La Carte: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs. Miguel Cotto Preview And Prediction

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2012, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto on May 5 on HBO pay-per-view. Previously: the stakes of Mayweather-Cotto; the undercard, previewed; keys to the fight, parts I and II; a Rabbit Punch column. Next: a staff roundtable.There are worthwhile reasons to watch a Floyd Mayweather bout that doesn'...

What if Miguel Cotto beats Floyd Mayweather?

ArMAYgeddon 2012: Life In A World Without Perfection After Cotto vs. Maywether It’s Sunday morning, May 6, 2012.  You shuffle a bit looking for a comfortable spot on the basement couch, knowing that one doesn't exist.  What's the point anyway?  Not only did you not sleep a wink last night, but you don't feel much like getting out of bed this morning anyway.  In...

Antonio Tarver’s prediction for Mayweather-Cotto: Floyd is at the top of the game; Cotto will have to be perfect

With the training camp for his June 2nd fight against unbeaten Lateef Kayode heating up, former light heavyweight champion and current IBO Cruiserweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver took time out from his busy schedule to check in with his thoughts on another high-profile matchup – the May 5th meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, “I think that Mayweather’s...

TQBR Roundtable, True Bromance Edition: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs Miguel Cotto

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2012, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto on May 5 on HBO pay-per-view. Previously: the stakes of Mayweather-Cotto; the undercard, previewed; keys to the fight, parts I and II; a Rabbit Punch column; the final preview and prediction. Next: the ulitmate guide.There was a lot of love in the air in the...

Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto Fight Preview

On Saturday, May 5th, Floyd Mayweather will put his undefeated record on the line, taking on veteran super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in a showdown between two of the biggest names in the sport. In our latest Stick & Move boxing radio show, our expert boxing panel analyzed this upcoming fight, as well as the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez versus Shane Mosley undercard...

Photos: Mayweather & Cotto make grand arrivals in Vegas

On Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez all made their grand arrivals in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. There was a huge throng of fans and media in attendance, and it was quite the spectacle. Right here, check out a collection of pictures from the grand arrivals for all the fighters, and some notes from the...

Miguel Cotto looks to solidify all-timer status amongst Puerto Rican boxing legends

Plus Felix Trinidad gives his thoughts on Cotto and how Cotto can defeat Mayweather Many great fighters have come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico, one of those being WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto, who hails from the city of Caguas and now carries the torch passed to him by the last great Puerto Rican pugilist, Felix "Tito" Trinidad....

Mayweather tops Cotto by decison

Floyd Mayweather Jr. used his speed and accuracy to win a unanimous decision Saturday night over a game Miguel Cotto in one of his toughest fights ever. Mayweather dominated late, rocking Cotto in the 12th round to pull out a win and remain unbeaten in 43 fights. But it wasn't easy, with Mayweather getting his nose bloodied and Cotto fighting until the final bell. Two judges...

Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Put Undefeated Steak on line Against Miguel Cotto May 5

Boxing just isn't the betting interest at the book that it used to be, as mixed martial arts has siphoned off a chunk of boxing interest and has become the largely more popular sport. But there are two boxers who drive the public interest and betting needle more than any other nowadays: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Depending on whom you ask, either Mayweather or Pacquiao...

BASS CHECK: Floyd Mayweather covers ESPN Magazine Money Issue

Ballertainment ESPN the Magazine revealed the cover of “The Money Issue” and appropriately, Floyd Mayweather is front and center. The reveal is just in time for Mayweather’s scheduled bout against Miguel Cotto, Saturday, May 5th, at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Long live The Money Team! SOURCE Ballertainment - Sports Entertainment, Lifestyle, and News

Roger Mayweather “It will be a mismatch down the stretch, Floyd will probably stop Miguel Cotto”

You gotta love Roger Mayweather! The outspoken trainer of and uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. has some of the funniest quotes in all of boxing. The original “Black Mamba” was a former two time world champion so much respect needs to be given to the man. Marcos Villegas recently caught up with uncle Roger as [...]

Deandre Latimore vs. Carlos Quintana preview & prediction

It may not be the sexiest part of the Cotto-Mayweather undercard, but there’s plenty on the line for both Deandre Latimore and Carlos Quintana this Saturday night.  Anything is possible with these two southpaws of contrasting styles go head-to-head.  Will the age and experience of Quintana be enough to overtake the exuberance and youthful desperation of Latimore? When:...

Responding To Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s Epic, But Off The Mark, Day Of Ranting

(We break from our regularly scheduled coverage of Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto due to Mayweather saying some "animated... wild, over the top, bad language, wild” things.) The good news is, Floyd Mayweather’s villainous “Money May” persona is back. That’s also the bad news. Mayweather has been boring during his time of playing nice leading up to the Miguel Cotto...

RING KINGS: Mayweather vs. Cotto final press conference quotes.

May 5th is almost here.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.