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 Last update:  5/5/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Cotto vs. Mayweather: The Trainers Prediction Roundtable
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by David P. Greisman

Ronnie Shields (Mayweather): Its a great fight, but I just think Floyd Mayweather. I think they realized that the kids really a southpaw and that the best side he has is his left side. I think they have to take that away right away, and I think Floyd will take his left hand from him right away. I think its going to be a good fight because Miguel Cotto is one of the best fighters out there. Hes going to fight with all his heart, but I just think that Floyd is a step ahead, so Im going to pick him by unanimous decision.

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (Mayweather): I watch Floyd just about every day in the gym. I got a couple of my guys boxing with him. He looked extra special today [Note: Muhammad said this about two weeks ago]. I just think hes going to be too fast for Miguel. His punches are going to be short, crisp. I think Miguel wont even be able to hit him. I see Mayweather either by late round stoppage or easy decision.

Think about all the hard fights Miguel had: the Margarito fight, the Pacquiao fight, you just cant recover from beatings like that. The rematch with Margarito, Margarito is a one-dimensional fighter. All you need is to move from side to side to beat Margarito, have a good jab and step around him. Hes one-dimensional. Hell never change. Were talking about the best fighter in the world: Floyd Mayweather. He can do it all. I see him every day. He just amazes me every day.

Sam Garcia (Mayweather): I think Mayweather wins a tougher than expected fight. Hes going to out-box him. Hes going to be really strong, I think, at 154. I just think hes got too much skill and too much on the line for whats going to happen in the future. Hes going to do what Mayweather does.

[Why is it tougher than expected?] I just think that the weights going to favor Cotto. I think Mayweather will be comfortable at 154, but I think that Cotto will be a little bit stronger. I think the way that Cotto has extreme confidence in his trainer, and I like what I see out of his trainer, I like how hes meticulous and detailed about things. I think theyre really motivated to try and actually beat Mayweather and not just come for a payday.

Hes got a lot at stake. Hes done well against boxers in the past. The only guys that really beat him are high-volume pressure guys, so I think itll be a good fight. Itll be a tough fight, but its one that Mayweather should win or will win. I also think I wouldnt be surprised if it was a real tough night for him. [I see] a decision for Mayweather. Ill be real surprised if he knocks him out. I think thats a big statement if he can knock him out.

Henry Ramirez (Mayweather): Mayweather. Great defense. Just everything. I think Mayweathers the best fighter on the planet. I think Cotto has some moments where hell make things a little uneasy for Mayweather, but I expect Mayweather to win a unanimous decision.

John Scully (Mayweather): I always say that I find it hard to pick against Miguel Cotto in any fight, but I find it harder to pick against Floyd Mayweather in any fight. Mayweather, from what Ive heard and from what Ive seen, he hasnt lost any of his determination to train hard and to prepare. I mean, a lot of people dont like him personally, but he prepares like a real, real champion. Ive seen him in the gym, Ive seen what he puts himself through; its really impressive. And I just feel like his A game is better than Cottos A game, and hes going to win. I could picture him going for the later-rounds knockout but probably not getting it, and winning a decision.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at or on Facebook at, or send questions and comments to

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Miguel Cotto , Mayweather-Cotto , Mayweather vs Cotto

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comment by alembic, on 05-05-2012
Mayweather by wide UD or TKO after round 9. I hope Miguel can work the body and not waste energy trying to hit Floyd's face.

comment by check hook, on 05-05-2012
I agree the most with Iceman's prediction. Floyd will push for the KO in rds 8,9 and 10, but if it doesn't come in any of those rds, he will take the foot off the gas and cruise in the 11th and 12th for a decision.

comment by Reloaded, on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=TBOGGS78] I understand catchweight but Cotto fought Clottey 5 months before fighting Pac and he weighed 146 and people say he looked good but now your saying the 1 extra pound is why he got slaughtered by PAC. Cut it out[/QUOTE] Thats right 6 mths earlier he made it , and then he could n...

comment by GRUSTLER, on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=TBOGGS78]What dont you understand about Manny DUCKED this Cotto !! he wanted him first choice and without a draining CW refuses to fight Cotto !! You just have no clue what weight means , do really think Manny can destroy Cotto ODH and Margo and then struggle with a shot Mosley and JMM...

comment by TBOGGS78, on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=Reloaded]What dont you understand about Manny DUCKED this Cotto !! he wanted him first choice and without a draining CW refuses to fight Cotto !! You just have no clue what weight means , do really think Manny can destroy Cotto ODH and Margo and then struggle with a shot Mosley and JMM...

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