Cotto Vs Clottey Pre-Fight Analysis

Kenneth RagpalaCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21:  Michael Jennings (R) and Miguel Cotto (L) exchange punches during their WBO World Welterweight title bout at Madison Square Garden on February 21, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

One more day and it's Cotto against Clottey, or Clottey against Cotto.

However you place their names, everybody is just excited to see who can beat the crap out of the other and probably win a date to their biggest fight yet—a bout with the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

But before we even delve with Cotto-Pacquiao or Clottey-Pacquiao, let’s see what these guys can deliver on the night of the fight.

Miguel Cotto boasts of an almost pristine record of 33-1, with 27 victories coming by way of knockout. The only lone defeat in his standings came from Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, which became a point of controversy when it was discovered that Margarito’s hand wraps were coated with plaster of Paris moments before his bout with Shane Mosley.

The Puerto Rico native has hand speed and punching accuracy in his resume. These are his essentials come fight night against Clottey.

He can also conjure vicious body shots and fast combinations, which he used extensively in his last inning against Michael Jennings.

That said, Cotto is also vulnerable to powerful punches to the chin, as evident in his earlier fights. While he is good at defense, Cotto is hittable, and his offensive style makes him more open to power shots.

Joshua Clottey, however, is no pushover. He has garnered a 35-2 record and has never been stopped. His first loss was due to disqualification while the second was via a unanimous decision favoring Antonio Margarito.

While Clottey packs power in both hands, Cotto is still the harder hitter of the two.

But what makes Clottey a dangerous opponent is his ability to take hard punches and still fight back.

He also has the stamina to go the distance.

As an observer, I believe Cotto will own the earlier rounds with sheer aggressiveness, but Clottey will assert himself in the middle rounds and dictate the pace.

Most boxing experts say Cotto’s chances are high, but I disagree. If Clottey can hold his own against Cotto’s attacks, the tides will slowly roll to Clottey’s favor.

A knockout for Cotto is a possibility, but highly unlikely.

Verdict: Clottey by split decision.