QUOTE (ryustuh @ Jan 8 2014, 03:08 PM)
i agree sparring and fighting aren't nearly compatible so i'll give you that. and for the sparring rumors - i'm going by interviews with abel sanchez and youtube clips showing GGG sparring much bigger opponents (can't say that they're HWs). so i'll give you that as well - maybe abel's just doing his part to hype up GGG fair enough.
you mention the will to win and how it has a huge impact in a real fight. has jcc shown that will as of late? sure he caught serg in the last round and got amped, but the first 11 rounds he was a lazy ineffective bum. and i hardly saw any will in his fight against a lesser opponent in vera. i mostly saw a gassed, fatigued, and out of shape JCC who was trying to last through the rounds.
i'm not saying ggg wouldn't work cotto. i agree with you i'm sure he would too. i'm saying better BOXERS like cotto, serg, and andre ward would give gennady more problems than someone who would just go in and try to impose their size and will against him.
Honestly, it's hard to even take a trainer's word nowadays. I remember the rumors about Broner getting dropped by Errol Spence, but that got "squashed" real quick. I remember hearing about Miranda cleaning Dawson's clock during sparring for the Ward fight...hmm...everybody was quick to yell "rumor", but I knew for a FACT that he got scraped. With that in mind, if trainers will cover up stuff like this, then they'll surely hype up some stuff to make their fighter look good...as you just mentioned.
Has Chavez shown the will to win lately? In the Sergio fight, yes...though he may have tried a bit too late...but when he tried...well, we all know what ALMOST happened there. Has he shown the will to win in his other fights? Nope. The bigger question is, has he even had to show the will to win??? Against Rubio? Lee? Manfredo? Vera?
He's been the bully in all of his fights, and his biggest issue has been, working against himself (with making weight and dedicating himself to the sport), and trying to prove to the world that he isn't a waste of Sr's sperm...but having to show the will to win...absolutely not (other than the Sergio fight). Sergio's biggest mistake was working against HIMSELF with all of that movement, against a guy who he knew had a strong chance of taking his punches and outlasting him.
Cotto is a pretty good boxer, but his biggest weakness against bigger and/or better guys, is trying to prove his toughness...as if we don't know how tough he is anyway. Guys like Sergio and Ward, will make it as easy of a night as possible, though I'd raise my hand and say that Ward would be the last man standing, if it came down to a GGG fight.