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Steward offers advice for Cotto; not gonna help

March 19, 2012

It’s no secret that Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto will have his hands full on May 5 when he steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. We’ve tackled the points here in our brief preview. It’s customary for analysts and experts to give their two cents on Cotto vs. Mayweather even if 99 percent are sure of who the victor will be.

Adding to the long line of analysts and experts is Cotto’s former trainer, Emanuel Steward. While calling the shots for the Sergio Martinez – Matthew Macklin fight, Steward parted his view on how Cotto should fight Mayweather.

According to Steward, Cotto should work “behind a good solid jab” and “maintain a good balance.” If Cotto doesn’t do this, Steward continued, Mayweather will pick him apart.

Steward’s opinion and advice is certainly welcome given his proven track record and expertise. Oscar De La Hoya showed how effective a stiff jab is against Mayweather in their fight five years ago. But having a ready-made game plan for Mayweather isn’t the way to go. Mayweather is one of the smartest boxers ever and he makes adjustments during the course of a fight depending on his opponent’s style.

Unless Cotto gets implanted with a Matrix-like chip that predicts Mayweather’s movements, he’ll get potshot by Floyd all night long.

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