The Resurrection of Miguel Cotto

By Johnathan Lee Iverson on June 11, 2014
The Resurrection of Miguel Cotto
Cotto needn't chase the likes of Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to eat. (Rich Schultz)

Stay tuned. The resurrection of Miguel Angel Cotto corroborates the stubborn reality that boxing is alive and well…

Barely a year ago the sentiment surrounding the career of Miguel Angel Cotto was rather pessimistic to say the least. Having suffered two consecutive losses coupled with daunting distractions outside the ropes, the overwhelming consensus was that we were watching the end of an era. The quiet man of Puerto Rico was spent, and would simply fade into memory. However, much like Juan Manuel Marquez, Cotto has a stubborn case of resilience. From the car accident that nearly claimed his career to the contentious break with trainer and uncle Evangilista Cotto, to the many breathtaking battles that saw him bounce back from the brink of defeat as he did against the hard hitting Ricardo Torres or switch gears mid fight to completely and unexpectedly outbox the legendary Shane Mosley, Miguel Angel Cotto has found a way, time and again to endure.

But, endurance is not enough. There’s a science to sticking it out and that fine art is called resilience. The stoic, poker faced champion possesses a particularly high and underrated boxing IQ which has made him one of boxing’s most fluid boxer-punchers, yet, there resides within the inner workings of the man, something that cannot be taught, a capacity to overcome. This resilience has bade him well in the face of encounters so violent they would exact the career of most fighters, even among the elite, as was the case when he fell to the loaded gloved-hands of the disgraced Antonio Margarito. Yet, not very long ago few could have imagined Miguel Cotto, Middleweight Champion of the World.

Though his victory over Delvin Rodriquez was expected, the vicious manner in which he went about it clearly signaled the dawn of a renewed fighter. In a performance reminiscent in dominance to that of the iconic and recent Hall of Famer, Felix “Tito” Trinidad’s bludgeoning of William Joppy in his middleweight debut, Miguel Cotto soundly overwhelmed Argentina’s gallant, yet worn middleweight champion Sergio Martinez; and make no mistake, even if this fight happened a few years ago, Miguel Cotto would still be the better fighter. Sergio Martinez, the gentleman sportsman, with fast hands and true grit, is of the fold of great athletes who just so happen to box rather well, which is to say, his natural gifts allowed him to get away with many a pugilistic iniquity for a time, against good, but, lesser competition. Unfortunately, those well-cultivated habits have an inconvenient way of sprouting versus a boxer of the caliber of Miguel Cotto, who is not merely a gifted athlete, but a pugilist in the very marrow of his bones.

The resurrection of Miguel Angel Cotto corroborates the stubborn reality that boxing is alive and well. This historic victory affords Cotto a much-coveted place within the mix of some very intriguing possibilities from 160 to 147. Cotto has never looked more powerful and comfortable than he does at middleweight. However, this is prize fighting and no one can deny the mega paydays reside closer to the welterweight division where the sport’s biggest draws rule. Yet, Cotto is no slouch when it comes to drawing the masses, as is evidenced every time he sets foot in Madison Square Garden, and thus, needn’t chase the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao to eat. A match-up versus Peter Quillin or Gennady Golovkin would no doubt stir the public’s interest, but a showdown with Mexico’s Saul Alvarez would send fight fans into a frenzy of epic proportions, assuming Canelo gets past the very formidable Erislandy Lara.

Stay tuned. There are some very delicious options on the table for the Puerto Rican strongman.

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  1. bikermike 05:02am, 06/15/2014

    Raxman has a good post regarding ‘compubox’

    Compubox is still subjective….perhaps moreso than ‘the judges scorecard’
    It isn’t like all the blows that landed were somehow picked up by a computer…..HELL NO !!
    The blows that are ‘scored’ are done by some people who are watching…and they ‘score’ the blows that they see….hopefully.

    That said….compubox is here to stay i think.

  2. bikermike 03:01am, 06/15/2014

    The only fight pbf and brain trust will sign for one that pbf will win.
    That last match up with Maidana scared the ever loving shit out of ‘money’

    pbf is well into his mid thirties…(at least)  made a lot of money(we’ll see if he can keep it)
    He demands a huge purse, which is getting harder to meet. 

    That UNDEFEATED thing is very important to mayweather…and he’d rather go to the bank than go to the wall ...when it comes to fighting top fighters.

    Cotto did well against the 39 yr old Martinez…and due to the profile ...he’s in for another big payday Good on him

  3. Tex Hassler 07:48pm, 06/13/2014

    Cotto did have a tremendous win and he needed it. I personally thought it would be an easy fight for Matinez but I was not aware of his health problems.

  4. Raleighwood007 03:35pm, 06/13/2014

    I thought Mosley should have be awarded the decision in the fight against Cotto. The world is Cotto’s Oyster at the moment. Huge paydays or payday is in his future depending on which route he chooses.

  5. raxman 07:02pm, 06/12/2014

    but Bob - compubox figures aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. compubox by definition is a misnomer. the term gives the impression it provides computer like accuracy but really the computer involved is not much more than a calculator. compubox figures are nothing more than 2 guys sitting ringside with a view that is either the one side of the ring angle they are sitting or the perspective the camera (also usually one side). its a terribly fallible system - it only exists because the sporting public demands statistics.
    having said that you’ve used the same source - compubox - to compare cotto’s pre & post roach form - I guess for that purpose at least your drawing info from the same flawed system, that is comparing rotten apples to rotten apples

  6. Bob Canobbio 06:53pm, 06/12/2014

    Talk about being resilent.  Cotto has landed 54% of his power punches in his last 2 fights- (vs. Martinez & Rodriguez- with Freddie Roach as trainer) after landing 39% in his previous 30 fights tracked by CompuBox.

  7. raxman 03:57pm, 06/12/2014

    the Floyd rematch will only happen if cotto has the 160 pound belt and coming off a dominant win. The canelo fight can happen regardless or whether he has the belt or not, regardless of whether he is coming off a win; its a fight spoken of for years. I think the Floyd fight will be the one both sides want.
    Floyd senior wasn’t in Floyd’s corner for the first fight so he will think he can get a better performance from junior, just as freddie will think he can lead cotto to a victory

  8. Dionisio A Rodriguez 12:34pm, 06/12/2014

    Contento por el buen resultado para Cotto. Pero, o que ya Maravilla no es mas Maravilla. Años y lesiones

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