Friday, June 5, 2015

Weekend Predictions

Once again, it's a Cotto weekend

Okay folks, we've got a decent fight weekend here. Great? Probably not - though you never know - but decent. Let's take a look at some of the major bouts lined up over the next several days, shall we? I'm going to offer my pics here based on the info available to me. Of course, I could be wrong. Feel free to disagree and/or comment.

Robert Guerrero v Aaron Martinez: This one's going to be the main event on Saturday afternoon's PBC card, which will be aired live from California's StubHub center on NBC. Guerrero has fought some of the best names out there like Mayweather and Thurman. Although he's come up short on those occasions, I think he's obviously just going to be too much for Martinez, who last got stopped by Josesito Lopez. Martinez, a likable guy who employs a stance which reminds me of Jack Dempsey, just doesn't appear to be skilled enough to trump Thurman's speed and skill on the inside. This ten round welterweight scrap is being called a tuneup for Guerrero by a lot of people and it's easy to see why.

Jesus Cuellar v Vic Darchinyan: A solid undercard fight, this one features the old warrior versus the up-and-comer. Let's face it, it's hard not to like Darchinyan. He's lost plenty, sure, but he's always ready to get it on again. Game and awkward, he's an admirable featherweight. Still, I don't see him besting the exciting Cuellar for the WBA strap this weekend. Cuellar is simply too strong, and perhaps too active in the ring.

Miguel Cotto v Daniel Geale: This week's big one will be aired live on HBO. A lot of people thought Geale would give Cotto a run in their matchup this Saturday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Then word came down that Geale was having trouble dropping enough pounds to meet Cotto's unfair catchweight demand. No matter, I say. Cotto is simply the better fighter. He's stronger, has better movement, is more consistent in the ring and can hit. Geale's good, but Cotto is one of the greats. Unless he's missing a step as he grows older, this night will belong to Cotto.

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