By: Albert Alvarez, [Photos Lina Baker IG: @seeyouringside]
It’s finally here, fight week is now upon us, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto will put it all on the line for passion, pride, and legacy. Mexico versus Puerto Rico, two countries rich in history who have produced a lot of great fighters, will look to add yet another action packed clash between them.
One man will have some soul searching to do and will have to dig deeper than ever before. Will it be Miguel Cotto’s sharp jab and experience, or is Canelo’s right uppercut and youth too much to bet against?
I recently had a talk with some boxing experts with sharp minds and here is what they had to say on who they feel will win the most anticipated action packed fight of the year. Do not miss it!
Jeff Mayweather (former fighter and current boxing and MMA trainer)– My pick is Canelo, I think it will be a great fight for the fans. But I think Canelo being younger, stronger, faster is just the better boxer. Cotto got way too much credit for beating Sergio Martinez, a boxer who had one leg that gave out on him in the second round. So I gave him no credit for that win, then against his last opponent in Geale, was just as weak.
Other than Floyd, Canelo has done extremely well against Angulo and other tough opposition that he dominated. Then against Kirkland, Canelo anihilated him and Canelo seems to get better with each fight. Cotto is a great fighter, but the two weak opposition I mentioned, it’s hard for me to gauge anything worth mentioning, Canelo by unanimous decision!
Andre Rozier (boxing trainer and Havoc boxing)- I think Canelo will be victorious. His size and youth will prevail because I feel the wars catch up with you. This is the time that Cotto won’t be able to transend the time he has been in boxing. Canelo by 9th round ko.
Stephen “Breadman” Edwards (boxing trainer)- I like Canelo, but not by as much as most do. Cotto is a swayer with his footwork and his jab is underrated. One of the best ever from a short fighter. But Canelo seems to be able to take more and I think he understands his legacy is on the line. He can’t lose to both Mayweather and Cotto. I like Canelo in this one.
Kevin Cunningham (boxing trainer)– Give me Canelo. Why? Because he is too young, too strong and talented.
Julian J-Rock Williams (current 154 pound contender)- It’s a 50/50 fight, but I got Canelo in a toss up. I just think he’s the younger fresher fighter.
Paulie Malignaggi (former 140 and 147 pound champion)- I just think it comes down to Canelo’s natural size, Cotto boxes well but his instinct, his nature as a fighter is to wreck you. And if Canelo applies enough offensive pressure cutting the ring and stuff, I don’t see Cotto being able to stay in a defensive fight.
Cotto can box, but in reality he never boxes going backwards, meaning he goes backwards but to punch he always stops, plants, and fires as opposed to some guys like Lara who can check hook and also throw punches as they move backwards.
Cotto doesn’t fight going backwards he just uses movement at times and does have a good jab, but without that extra wrinkle, I don’t see Cotto being able to eventually avoid a firefight, and in a firefight, the bigger man has the advantage. That’s my opinion on the fight, I don’t see Cotto taking it, I think Canelo wins it.
Terence “Bud” Crawford (current WBO light welterweight champion)- I got Cotto with movement, jab, and left hook neutralizer.
Julian “The Hawk” Jackson (pound for pound one of the hardest punchers in boxing history and former WBA light middleweight champion and two-time WBC middleweight champion)– I’m going with Canelo. I like Cotto’s style and lately he has shown a lot of finesse, but I think that he will not be able to keep Canelo off of him.
Canelo has a grueling style to him and he can also move and box. Earlier when you mentioned to me that many are on the fence on which of these two fighters has more power, I got to say Canelo right now has a slight edge in power. Canelo is a better puncher right now and I see Canelo doing enough to get the win. It’s going to be a very good entertaining fight.
Cotto vs. Canelo fight takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be:
Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship.
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Drian Francisco
Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios
Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins
The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. You do not want to miss this clash.