Hola amigos y familia, welcome to a boiled hot dog and microwaved hamburger flavored edition of America’s most independent, most firecracker-poppin’ number one proper pugilistic paper, The Sunday Brunch – We’re at your BBQ, eating your food, hitting on your sister and puking all over your shitty patio furniture. In our last installment, we discussed five things that Puerto Rican star, Miguel Cotto would need to do if he wanted to defeat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Now that these two champions are finally meeting inside the squared circle it’s time to flip the script. In the interest of fairness and back by unbelievably popular demand, these are the Five Reasons Why Canelo Alvarez Will Defeat Miguel Cotto! I gave you your instructions in the dressing room; what I say you must obey – Cuidate, escucha me, toca los manos y buena suerte…Let’s get it on!
5. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain
With an agreed upon catch-weight of 155 pounds in place, the venue whittled down to two Las Vegas arenas and a crack at nabbing Miguel Cotto’s WBC World middleweight championship strap, Canelo Alvarez will have clear advantages in certain areas when he clashes with the Caguas Crusher come November.
Canelo Alvarez has had his last three fights at 155 pounds. The junior middleweight divisional limit is 154 pounds, when the Mexican superstar faced Floyd Mayweather in 2013 their agreed upon catch-weight was 152. Unoffical sources close to the fighters cited Alvarez’s fight night weight at nearly 19 pounds heavier than Mayweather. So, it’s a safe bet to assume, at this slightly higher weight that Canelo will walk comfortably into the ring right around 170-175 pounds – or somewhere perhaps just kissing the light heavyweight limit.
Miguel Cotto has a natural size disadvantage, he will be giving up three inches in reach and two in height to Canelo. With the combined advantages of his naturally larger frame, Saul Alvarez will have a very important edge in his favor.
4. “Inactivity is death.” – Benito Mussolini
For the last three years, Miguel Cotto’s activity level has dropped by 50%. Since his pair of losses in 2012, the 34 year-old has taken only one fight per year – two of those bouts being what some would call ‘soft touches’ and the other contest was against a hobbled Sergio Martinez.
Saul Alvarez has been consistently fighting twice a year for the past three years and before that the ginger-headed star was fighting an incredible four to six times in each calendar year. The key to staying sharp is fighting often. Miguel Cotto will find himself at a severe disadvantage when he enters the ring against the razor sharp Canelo Alvarez.
3. Decade of aggression
At 34 years of age and with many brutal beatings behind him (with two of those bludgeonings “possibly” being totally illegal), it’s likely that some of Miguel Cotto’s best years have passed him by. Saul Alvarez will not have had the same amount of in-ring experiences as his counterpart, but his youth and explosive fighting style will likely negate most of this Miguel Cotto’s offense.
Hall Of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach has retooled the shop-worn Miguel Cotto into a better boxer with more of his old positives and less of his more recent negatives. With all of the benefits from Roach’s tutelage, though, Cotto will still be fighting a man who is ten years his junior.
2. “Number two”
While both men have been scoring knockouts recently, Saul Alvarez’s quality of opposition appears to be of a bit higher quality than are some of Miguel Cotto’s recent defenses. Canelo has frightening power when he traps his opponent either against the ropes or baits them into trading punches with him in the center of the ring.
Cotto’s defense and offense can be very effective when he’s fighting B tier opponents, however, boxers who have more substance will make the 2015 version of Miguel Cotto look aged and cracks in his game will quickly surface.
1. End game
Canelo will push Miguel Cotto around the ring and will shut out the popular boxer in a fight that is looking more and more like one that will end inside of the distance. There are a few more big money match-ups left in Miguel Cotto’s already Hall Of Fame-status career, but this is one that will leave another big bloody “L” on his ledger, next to an abbreviation for technical knockout.
Thanks for joining us again this week, we’ll be back next Sunday with another edition of Double Dare where we are definitely taking the physical challenge. We will talk particle physics and discuss the molecular makeup of canned spaghetti and kids’ sized meatballs…If there is time we will breeze over some boxing news with a few curse words and probably a couple of dick jokes. I’ll buy that for a dollar, I love the smell of napalm in the morning and we’re going to need a bigger boat. Until next time, sante.