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Clottey does not have better hand speed than Cotto - no way based on what I've seen. As for the size difference, all I have to go off of is what is recorded in various locations - tale of the tape, boxrec, etc. I don't see anywhere that lists Clottey as being 2.5" taller than Cotto. So if that is true, than that is news to me. Cotto has a better jab than Clottey based on what I've seen as well, and he has shown great stamina as well.
The point is that Clottey, whom I consider to be an inferior fighter to Miguel in several areas, was able to significantly neutralize Margarito with a fairly simple formula. I expect Cotto to do a much better job. Cotto has shown he can brawl or box and that he will do whichever it takes to win against a particular opponent at a particular time in the fight. So I expect him and his team to do the right things to beat Margarito - always be first, high output, don't trade with a big puncher, etc.
LOL...Cotto is NOT 5'7", he is lucky if he is 5'6", look at him standing next to Zab Judah.
Clottey is a hair above 5'8"...and he DID weigh 170 pounds when he entered the ring against Corrales. This is not conjecture.
To say that Cotto has superior handspeed to Clottey is a little silly...have you seen much of Clottey? Clottey has quite fast hands, and a better reach, . Could it be similar or close...sure. But, Clottey is bigger, and has better stamina, better handspeed, and a better chin...have you ever seen Clottey tire at all? I haven't.
Size does matter you know.
As for where I get the stamina thing from...well...this past week, and a few fights at 140. Cotto was spent late in that fight, he had nothing in the tank in the 12th, and he fell off sharply in the 9th - everyone ringside noticed to it and commented on it. To his credit, he won the 11th on my card, but his stamina was not on the level of what you are proposing.