QUOTE (daprofessor @ Apr 13 2012, 06:57 PM)
first off...i love ur faith in shane.
and ur right...there's no shame in losing to floyd or pac.
as for the cotto/marg fight (1st one)...cotto had margarito's head twisting like the exorcist and had him more busted up than i could recall seeing in any of his fights. ur right...margarito was landing shots....and loaded wraps or not...cotto fought the wrong fight...giving up ground to margarito, and pulling back into his windmill shots. in the 2nd fight...cotto did a much better job of staying off the ropes and didn't give margarito much opportunity. i know everyone thought the fight was playing out like the 1st one..but that's not my opinion. margarito did nothing to take steam out of cotto and was taking far more damage than he did in the first fight. sure cotto was a little winded...but every time margarito appeared to have cotto where he wanted him..cotto did a great job of stepping into the eye of the storm and forcing margarito back. something i said he had to do to win before the first fight.
as for canelo...u could contribute fighting at a weight that wasn't natural to him as the reason jose cotto was able to rock him. u are right....he was hit by slower, softer punching guys...i'd love to see shane pull it off, but i don't have the same confidence in him that u do.
No Professor...it's "newly found" faith in Shane...and thou shall never have this faith again, in event that Mosley comes up short. You gotta admit though, having 3rd and 4th wind of confidence for a fighter is cool!
As for that first fight, you're right, Cotto fought the wrong fight, and he only made small adjustments in the rematch. Surely Margs thought Cotto was fighting the same fight as the first, which is why I think he (Margarito) didn't sweat the punches that Miguel was landing.
Henstly, the damage done to Margs in the second fight was solely focused on the eye, so when Miguel landed, I feel that it appeared that he was doing more damage. Cotto just did himself a favor and made those adjustments. Funny thing is, his face was messed up as well, at the time of the stoppage.
Canelo will indeed have his hands full, and we all know that Shane is always first when he's fighting a guy lesser than him. Anytime he attempted to be first in a fight with a guy who had skill, we all saw that went.