It has been billed as the mega fight of the year by many in the boxing world, Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. Miguel Cotto will battle Saul “Canelo” Alvarez tomorrow from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be televised live on HBO-PPV and is expected to be a big draw.
The fight does not come without controversy, such is often the case in boxing. Miguel Cotto, the current WBC middleweight champion was stripped of the title earlier this week for failure to pay the fee set by the WBC. Cotto says the WBC waited till the last minute to give the amount which has been reported to be $1.1 million when said and done.
For Cotto, he just wants to fight Canelo, he seems to not be worried about this bout being a title bout. Without a doubt, Cotto has trained hard for this fight, he is taking it very serious and fights for the pride of Puerto Rico. Cotto’s career was all but over not long ago, but since under the direction of Freddy Roach, Cotto has essentially reinvented himself as a fighter.
For this fight, Cotto has trained to throw three-hundred punches per round, that’s a lot of punches for any fighter, young or old to have to endure. Cotto is a warrior and has been through many wars in the ring, he has known victory and knows defeat. The age difference between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez is a decade, Cotto being the older of the two.
Alvarez, the pride of Mexico has become a star in boxing by fighting the best, he too knows victory and defeat. The younger Canelo is still growing in a sense, and has yet to truly peak as a fighter and is probably the stronger of the two. Even with these advantages, Canelo will need all the tools in the tool box to defeat Miguel Cotto.
Cotto is not afraid to get hit and bloodied, we have seen his will to win way too many times to count him out. The question of landing a high and effective punch count for twelve rounds is on everybody’s radar. Can Cotto go toe-to-toe for possibly twelve rounds throwing so many punches? Can Canelo fend off Cotto’s barrage of punches and land punches of his own? We will know tomorrow when the two climb in the ring.
Even with a solid chin for Canelo, he must be prepared to take a punch. Cotto can still do damage and has a brutal left hook when he finds his range. He may be past his prime, but he has speed and power left in his guns.
For Canelo, we have seen him improve as a fighter as of late, he has more movement and power. If Canelo is successful at landing body shots it will be a short night, we witnessed this in his bout with James Kirkland earlier this year in Houston. atombash.com was present and ringside in press row for that fight, and despite the roar of the crowd, the body shots thrown by Canelo could be heard even in press row.
Since Cotto was stripped of the WBC title, only Canelo can be crowned WBC middleweight champion should he win. This fight is most likely more than a title fight, it’s more about pride for their respected countries.
Boxing will always be marked with controversy, but without a doubt boxing always brings excitement when a fight like this happens. Cotto-Canelo brings much more to the table for boxing fans, it brings bragging rights for both Puerto Rico and Mexico for the winner of this fight.