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Juanma Learned a Valuable Lesson By Watching Cotto

By Jhonny Gonzalez

WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez says that he learned a valuable lesson by watching Miguel Cotto's recent knockout win over Ricardo Mayorga. He plans to apply his new education in the fight with Orlando Salido on April 16 in Bayamón. In the past, Lopez has made mistakes by chasing a knockout from the start of the first round. He saw how Cotto stayed calm, boxed from round to round and took the knockout in the twelfth.

"The fight to me was like going back to school. I saw him moving more and doing a few things that he did in the past, and I have to do the same. Also based on that, you have to look, learn and know that you have to take things round by round. Being smart in the ring, cautious, is what we plan to do," Lopez said to Jose Sanchez.

"I'll have to make my adjustments, leaving the audience a little to the side. I have to forget about pleasing the public for a moment, focus on doing our job by moving and going back to basics. In the past, I made mistakes by always looking to please the public. I'm a two-time champion and have a record of 30-0, with 27 knockouts. I have nothing to prove to anybody."

Juanma acknowledged Salido is a very dangerous opponent, despite the 11 defeats that are connected to his 34 wins with 22 KOs. Lopez returns from last November's technical knockout win in eight rounds over Mexico's Rafael Marquez.

"I know Salido is a dangerous fighter. I can not get carried away by the record and I can not get carried away because he has 11 losses. He fought with the best of the division. He's a warrior, but as I always say, this is my time and I will not let anyone push me from my position," Lopez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gibo on 03-23-2011

[QUOTE=martin_1995;10271766]anyone who pays for this ****ty fight is a moron. We can't patronize this jerks to get rich by fighting bums with a name. " He have fight the best" he still a bum. I my self fight trinidad in…

Comment by mathed on 03-22-2011

JuanMa's run will end once he fights Gamboa. He does have skills but he throws so many punches that he will get caught and shook by Gamboa's right.

Comment by mdportorock3 on 03-22-2011

Why is Rafa being mentioned here? Juanma Took his soul and made him quit before he got KTFO. Hope to see Juanma improve on his defense.

Comment by martin_1995 on 03-22-2011

and all his fans are also. He should learn from trinidad, cotto, calderon, gomez, and many others puertorricans boxers. They faced the best at the moment. those were true champs not like this juanma. Lets see juanma face caballero. Got…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-22-2011

[QUOTE=choelzle;10272259]You called rafael marquez washed up so your probably have a very low intelligence level or are extremely bias....did you watch the fight? I hope its just bias[/QUOTE] Rafa is not in his prime anymore.

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