The Cotto-Canelo matchup on November 21 is just around the corner, and it’s got boxing fans buzzing all over. The age difference, the Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry, the popularity of both fighters, and what victory and defeat will mean for their careers has fans anxious to see the two warriors in the ring. There will be plenty of people tuning in to watch the madness unfold.
So who will win, Canelo or Cotto? It’s hard to predict, but here are five reasons Canelo will be victorious next Saturday. On the other hand, if you’re a Cotto stan, check out our rebuttal over here.
Canelo looked tough when he manhandled James Kirkland, who is two inches taller than him and far more muscular. If Canelo is able to get physical and close to Cotto, he will undoubtedly overpower him.
Cotto has fought big guys like Canelo before, but none with his power. Not only is Canelo much stronger than the Puerto Rican, he is taller, which will allow him to control Cotto and reach him easily.
Throughout his career (with the exception of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight), Canelo Álvarez has been able to adapt to all his opponents and dominate them with his style. Cotto is one of the most talented fighters Canelo has faced in his career, but if the Tapatío was able to adapt to sleek Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara, it won’t be surprising if Cotto is less of a challenge.
Age and Conditioning
Cotto’s superior boxing skills and foot movement might take the bout into the late rounds, and it’s there where Canelo’s youth and great conditioning might make a difference against the experienced – but 35-year-old – Cotto.
Miguel Cotto has taken plenty of punches in his career, especially in the fights against Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito and his plaster hand wraps. Whether he will be able to take more punches from the young and powerful redhead is a big question coming into this fight. If the athletes go head-to-head, the fact that Canelo hasn’t endured much physical punishment will undoubtedly factor in his favor.