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KNOCKOUT NATION: Will The Real Miguel Cotto Please Stand Up?

Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez go at it on HBO TONIGHT at 9:45 p.m. ET.  

While the boxing world and casual fans know Miguel Cotto will fight on Saturday night, there are even bigger questions to consider: Which Cotto will show up?

Will it be the Cotto who gave Floyd Mayweather all he could handle in May of last year, even drawing blood from the nose of the fighter known as “Money?” Or will it be the Cotto who lost a one-sided decision to Austin Trout in December? Not only did he lose, but he looked sluggish and defeated towards the end of the fight.

Inquiring minds will find out on Saturday, as Cotto faces former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. The scheduled 12 round bout will headline a Top Rank card and be televised on HBO.

No one will question the talent, tenacity, and grit Cotto has demonstrated in a professional career that has spanned over 12 years. Not only is he adored by Puerto Ricans abroad, but he is respected in boxing circles, largely for winning world titles in three different weight classes.

Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) has been in a lot of fights, where he has had to exert an abundant amount of energy. Maybe the 10 months between his fight with Trout and Saturday’s fight with Rodriguez is what he and his body needed. Fighters do come back stronger after taking a much-needed break from the ring.

But will we see the same Cotto? Logic tells us that we will see a smarter and savvier Cotto in the ring. Also, how much of an impact will new trainer Freddie Roach have on him? Can Cotto learn new tricks from the Hall of Fame trainer in Roach, who has steered fighters such as Manny Pacquiao to success?

That will depend on what Rodriguez brings. The Dominican-born Rodriguez is younger and taller than Cotto. Rodriguez is a skilled fighter, but has nowhere near fought the level of opposition Cotto has fought. Still, Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs) has fought brutal battles inside the ring. His July 2011 bout against Pawel Wolak was one of the best fights of that year due to the shear brutality each other gave during their 10 round bout. Rodriguez’s best bet will be to fight on the inside, but Cotto has always been dangerous in landing those vicious body shots, particularly with left hooks.

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  • Lebron’s_Hairline

    Cotto was the man!! My favorite fighter still to this day!

  • $18592567

    It’s a shame that he Cotto hasn’t been right since Margarito hit him with them ‘loaded gloves’…

    • Hattie G. McClure

      My Uncle Colton got a 6 month old Mercedes C-Class Convertible just by parttime work from a macbook air… useful content W­­­W­­­W.F­­­B­­­3­­­9.C­­O­­M

      • El moreno de Queens #Dominican

        not colton but cotto

      • Pirate7X

        Hattie deez nutz fulltime, beeyotch!

    • Marga’Cheato did what he had to do!

      • $18592567

        U saw Cotto just whup on that tomato can?lol

      • LOL~N

        Nah, i’m gonna go check it now.

        >>Leaves so fast it makes the PEOUN sound.

      • Dayum!

  • Matt Swan

    Hope to see a good fight

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  • DJ7

    I will mos def skip the replay of the Klitskchko, Povetkin match…folks scream on Floyd for his tatical brilliance and lack of exciting engagements (which is purely subjective) b.u.t. mums the word when it comes to this heavyweights’ snooze fest…dude hasn’t lost in 9 yrs due to 0 comp in that division and the minimal tv coverage is justifiable after watching a few measly rounds earlier tonight…Klitskchko was a habitual rule breaker in this fight and the ref did little to curb his actions…sure he deducted a point in the latter rounds b.u.t. the damage had already been done to Povetkin’s psyche as well as stamina….continual clenching and leaning on the man’s back all while sneaking uppercuts is enough to make you….well…bite a nigz ear off, given the chance, if you’re the fighter or turn the channel as a spectator…I’m an avid boxing watcher / fan of many, many, many years b.u.t. it’s crap like this that makes me want to tune into something a lil more aggressive….simply put…that fight was a waste of a good hour and change of my time and the fact that HBO is going to replay it, is sad…Maybe this Cotto fight will salvage my boxing fix for the weekend as his challenger is a lessor known opponent b.u.t. no push over nonetheless…should be entertaining

    • AK

      Heavyweight is so ass these days even 10 years ago wlad was getting Ko’d

    • Jon Jones vs Alex Gustaffson

      MMAshare(dot)com

      Str8 Boxing match, with elbows & kicks.

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  • AK

    Cotto is back he did hes thing tonight, that canelo fight (if he takes it) will be a war

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  • Cotto Showed Up and Showed Out Last Night…Great Fight on Cotto’s Part

  • $18916246

    Cotto had a good night 10/5 HBO. But let’s not look at the Mayweather fight with Cotto as close. Cotto was outclassed as all of Mayweather’s opponents are. We can’t blame Mayweather for opponents who train to beat Mayweather’s lifestyle. Most of Mayweather’s opponents do more complaining about how Mayweather carries himself in public, the money he has earned, and his personal life with women. When an opponent decides to acknowledge Mayweather’s mastery of the pugilist sport we call boxing, then we will begin to see better trained opponents focusing on the actual fight. They will have an actual strategy that they can apply in the ring and not the common complaints heard from Mayweather’s losing opponents: I didn’t know he was so fast? He counter punches well? He hits hard? He’s hard to hit? Yes, and all of Mayweather’s opponents figure this out in the ring? You’ve got to be an adaptive thinking fighter to even begin to challenge Mayweathers boxing supremacy.

    • Mayweather = Larry Bird of Boxing

      Not Jordan, because he doesn’t change / adapt, you have to adapt to him.

      Mayweather vs Pop’Kins @ 160lbs, last fight for both….but Pop’Kins @50 wins.

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