Thursday, April 10, 2008

Miguel Cotto and this weekend's fight

One of the world's best welterweights, Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, is back in action this weekend against Mexico's Alfonso Gomez.

Cotto is 31-0 and shouldn't have a major problem with the improving Gomez, who is 18-3-2 and who is best known for his work on the show "The Contender" and for his win against an aging and now retired Arturo Gatti last summer.

Cotto has been workmanlike in his career, improving each fight and in his last two wins against Zab Judah and Shane Moslely, he did so with grit and a good jab.

Many have been clamoring for a Cotto vs. Floyd Mayweather fight. And rightfully so because both are in their prime and both are unbeaten.

Mayweather doesn't seem interested in a fight right now and he fights Oscar De La Hoya in September, so it looks like a Cotto/Mayweather fight won't happen until next year.

But Cotto will do what he always does and take care of business. He will wear down Gomez and improve to 32-0.

Cotto is simply a well-schooled fighter who is hard to beat. He wears fighters down and he's confident in what he can do.

After his likely dismantling of Gomez, Cotto could fight the winner of Saturday's other welterweight bout between Kermit Cintron and Antonio Margarito. Margarito already owns a win over Cintron and will be the favorite to win.

I'm pulling for Margarito because I believe a Margarito/Cotto matchup would be a wonderful and entertaining fight later this year.

Margarito lost a tough 12-round decision to Paul Williams last summer, then demolished Golden Johnson in November. Cintron has improved in recent fights, but I still think Margarito still wins.

- Felix