WBA super light-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto looked good in his last performance, dominating Antonio Margarito during their Dec. 3 encounter. Margarito put the first blemish on Cotto’s then undefeated record, stopping the Puerto Rican fighter in the 11th round of their 2008 bout.
Margarito’s hand wrap saga put a question mark on his win against Cotto, and the results of the rematch indicate it was well deserved (the damage Margarito took in his previous fight against Manny Pacquiao also played a role).
Now that Cotto has gotten his revenge against Margarito, he now has his sights set on the only other boxer that has defeated him. Cotto feels a rematch against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will go his way, and he shared his thoughts with Esteban Pagan.
“I have no doubt about it [that I would beat Pacquiao in a rematch],” Cotto said. “With the right encouragement and with the people that are now in my team, we have no doubt [about] that.”
Cotto looked sloppy when he faced Pacquiao back in 2009. Pacquiao put a serious beating on Cotto, before finishing him off in the final round.
Cotto didn’t come out with a wise game plan against Pacquiao, trading blows with the heavy-handed Filipino boxer. By the time Cotto tried to make the necessary adjustments, the damage was already done.
Given Manny’s lackluster performance against Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12, I wouldn’t completely count Cotto out in a rematch. Against Margarito, Cotto stuck to his game plan, constantly utilizing his footwork and landing sharp counters. If Cotto stays disciplined against Pacquiao, he certainly has the skills needed to walk away with a victory.
The biggest factor will probably be the weight the fight takes place. Cotto seemed weakened at 145 pounds, and it’s unlikely Pacquiao will face him at any weight higher than that. If Cotto truly wants to redeem himself against Pacquiao, he’ll have to figure out a better way to make weight. Given Cotto’s frame, it certainly won’t be an easy task.