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I think it depends on the fighter. Someone like Hopkins and Mayweather are motivated for every fight and don't take anyone lightly, and then there are others that can take these fights lightly. We will soon find out about what Cotto is like when he takes some lesser fighters, but he doesn't strike me as the type that will take short cuts leading up to a fight. We will see though.
Well in Hopkins case he had no choice but to remain hungry because for a while, it did look like he may not have gotten some of the big fights he was looking for. If B-Hop would have lost his title to someone like Robert Allen because he under trained or underestimated him, then it would have been VERY HARD for B-Hop to have gotten the big fights because nobody would have wanted to fight him then. But like the true great ones, his physical conditioning and MENTAL APPROACH to every fight along with his discipline outside the ring is what keeps him on top these days even at 43.
Miguel Cotto is from Caguas, where I was born and raised for the first 19 years of my life. It is well known that Miguel loves to drink, eat, and party hard. He's known to come to camp about 30 pounds over weight at times and I have it on good word that he wasn't well trained for his fight against Chop Chop Corley, amongst a few other fights. His reputation for having a crazy night life is well known.
And he is rich now and a big time celebrity in Puerto Rico. Thats what I mean by him being at that point now. Hopefully he doesn't blow it against a guy he shouldn't lose to.