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 welterweig...