Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto kicked off their press tour this week generating positive expectations towards their much anticipated matchup in May. I always thought that if Mayweather didn’t face Pacquiao my second choice would be Cotto, because at least in my eyes their styles make for an intriguing matchup. Cotto hasn’t lost to anybody who isn’t pressuring him, he always seems to perform better when his rival is passive. Margarito, Pacquiao and Ricardo Torres made his life difficult because they were all over him, everybody else has not been able to be successful against him. I expect Cotto to give Floyd trouble in the first half of the fight, Money May will then adjust and probably win a close split decision. Last week we saw the return of Devon Alexander, giving a dominating performance against Marcos Maidana.
Maidana didn’t look as powerful as he did in the Jr. Welterweight division (this fight took place at the Welterweight limit) and made life easier for Alexander. Devon seemed to carry the weight much better as he didn’t have to struggle as much as he used to be. He looked very sharp, athletic and dominating. His punches carried sufficient power to put Maidana’s onslaught to a halt, almost knocking him out in the late rounds. I don’t think Marcos belongs in this weight class just yet, he better go back to his previous weight in order to be able to be competitive with the big boys. As for Devon, he seems ready to go back to his old self and be competing with the sports elite. There are many options for him and the future is looking very bright.
Adrian Broner made a big statement in stopping overmatched Eloy Perez. On paper, this looked to be the biggest test of Broner’s career, as Perez was also undefeated and is considered to be a very gifted fighter. In the first round we could se flashes of his brilliance, but once Broner established his fight plan it was all over. No sign of his talent was seen during the rest of the fight as Broner, who resembles Floyd Mayweather in many ways, dismantled him until knocking him out with a straight right hand to the face. It was a very impressive knockout, considering the quality of opposition. He looked fast, strong and big at the weight and looks to be a serious contender once he steps in to top ten territory. One drawback I find is that he is a very cocky kid, he may turn down some old school fans with this attitude, but he may find out a new audience that hates him and will pay to see him get beat. Lets hope he becomes the star HBO is looking for him to be, as the sport is in great need of some one other than Canelo and Chavez Jr to be the face of the sport. We need real talent and this kid seems to have it all!