Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up - The Miguel Cotto Edition

And so another boxing weekend has come and gone. Truth be told, there were no big surprises - but there almost was.

Aaron Martinez knocked down -  and some even suspect outright beat - heavy favorite Robert Guerrero in what was supposed to be a tuneup bout. Whether Guerrero just slacked on this one, is seriously in decline, or just so happened to face a pit bull coming into his won is anyone's guess.

What is certain, however, is that the PBC broadcast, which aired on NBC, got itself some impressive ratings. Take that - those of you who gleefully claimed (yet again) that boxing was dead after the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. The fact that Vic Darchinyan went out in style against Jesus Cuellar in their featherweight title bout afterwards didn't hurt matters, either.

Still, NBCs card was merely the preamble to the weekends's big matchup, the lineal middleweight championship showdown between titlist Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale on HBO. Truth be told, there was a lot of talk leading up to this one.

First, the talk was about Geale being able to give Cotto a run. Then the talk turned to Geale being drained of energy in his battle to make weight. Geale may truly have been affected by the weight he had to lose to meet Cotto on Saturday, but the truth is that Cotto is simply a far better fighter than Geale is.

In short, the Puerto Rican legend mopped the floor with his Aussie opponent on Sunday. Sure enough, Geale ended up quitting after being dropped in the fourth (though "quitting" is a rather harsh way of saying the guy simply admitted he was licked).

After the fight, Cotto praised trainer Freddie Roach profusely. He then expressed a willingness to face Canelo Alvarez and a "why not?" attitude towards facing Gennady Golovkin. The fact that he didn't jump up and down at the mere mention of GGGs name has made some angry, of course. Not that Cotto cares. He's just not that interested in being pals with everyone, after all.

On to next week.

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