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Going out on a limb here...
Williams would beat Cotto by UD.
It looked to me like Williams was trying to save his stamina for later in the fight by conserving on his punch output. I honestly think he overlooked Quintana, thinking he would throw a few combos and knock him out.
If Williams went back to his 100 punch per round output, I still think he could outbox Cotto.
If Williams is going to stay at 147, like he says, he needs to win the rematch w/ Quintana, and then go back for Cotto.
I think he'll have learned his lesson.
I just can't stomach, at this point, that he could have thrown 1000 punches against Margarito (which cut Tony's punch output in half (normally Tony throws 1000 punches per fight)) and then, when he drops his output by 200 against a lesser puncher than Tony, he loses.
Either he was weight drained and didn't have the stamina to throw like normal, or he overlooked Carlos and he didn't have the energy.
I say they do the rematch. If Paul loses again...he needs to move up.
If he wins, depending on how bad or dominant he looks, then either we have a triology, or he fights Cotto.
Williams couldn't get off 100 punches per round because he was finally in there with a guy that could time him and counter him accurately. Cotto IMO is as good or better than Quintana in this department, so I see him dropping Williams' output similarly if they fight. Just because Quintana is a "lesser" puncher or fighter than Margarito has no bearing on anything... Quintana WITHOUT QUESTION is better at timing and countering an opponent than Margarito. This fight defines "styles make fights." It is clear that a fighter that can counter/time Williams is the type that will give him problems. Cotto is one of those guys, and CERTAINLY Mayweather. A come forward and bomb guy like Margarito or a guy like Cintron will always have trouble with Williams.