Puerto Rico’s current most celebrated fighter, former thee division world champion, Miguel Cotto, (37-4, 30 KOs), will try and put a halt to the recent disappointments in his career Saturday night in Orlando, Florida.
After winning world championships in three different weight classes, many are wondering if it is time to call it quits for Cotto. After being beaten at the hands of Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout in 2012, it looked more probable than ever that the future hall of fame star would have to consider hanging them up.
For Cotto though, such thinking is out of the question. At least for the time being. Cotto will solider on, and begin his hopeful journey against the respected junior middleweight contender, Delvin Rodriguez, (28-6-3, 16 KOs).
Rodriguez is a solid, journeymen type of fighter. Rodriguez, 33, knows how to fight, but has failed each and every time at the elite level. Although he has two consecutive knockout victories in his previous two outings, Rodriguez has been put in with Cotto for Cotto to look good. Cotto has only struggled and lost to elite or near elite competition, and Rodriguez has only fought at the contender ranks. Making Miguel Cotto the favorite as far as Vegas goes, however Cotto has lost two fights in which the odds favored him in the past.
Delvin Rodriguez, Danbury, Connecticut, is an experienced junior middleweight with some good hand speed and boxing skills, and each time Rodriguez loses, he comes back improved. After losing to fighters with mediocre records early on, Roriguez turned the tide and stomped out the type of fighters that use to give him troubles. In Rodriguez’s previous two fights, he has scored two KO’s over fighters with a combined record 61-4-1. Despite Rodriguez being a respected fighter, he has lost at the championship level each and every time.
This may or may not be Cotto’s final time having all of the boxing world’s eyes on him. Should Cotto defeat Rodriguez it would leave him in line for another possible payday. With a defeat, Cotto could only taint the great career he has had by continuing to fight on. What Cotto needs is desperation. When Cotto fought with desperation in getting revenge over Margarito, and in proving he can fight with the world’s very best in his performance against Floyd Mayweather, he put forth two of the best efforts of his career. Against Austin Trout, the intensity was never consistent.
Delvin Rodriguez is good enough and hungry enough to make a shop worn fighter feel old. Rodriguez will assuredly come in the best shape of his life. The question is, will Cotto have enough left to beat a fighter he would have once have dispatched of easily?
Cotto’s performances have fluctuated over the past few years and his physical gifts are eroding, as well as his punch resistance. What Cotto still has is his ring intelligence, boxing skills and a good punch. Leaving Cotto with the tools to still get the job done. A loss spells the obvious, Cotto will be banished from being considered a championship level fighter. However, Should Cotto get the job done in impressive fashion, he becomes a lucrative fight for any of the elite fighters around Cotto’s division. And something says, Cotto will be involved in one more super fight before it is all said and done.