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06-03-2010, 09:21 AM
Miguel Cotto-Yuri Foreman: Yankee Stadium is The Event
By Cliff Rold from Boxing Scene

It’s not the “House that Ruth Built” anymore. Not quite. Old Yankee Stadium is gone now, the latest casualty of the encroachment of tomorrow. There will be those who say it’s about greed, about money, damn the history.

They’d be right.

History doesn’t pay as well as luxury boxes. It isn’t erased by new structures either and, as New York sports fans well know, the name is where the value ultimately lies.

Given its long existence, today’s Madison Square Garden probably feels like an inseparable part of the New York landscape. It’s not. It is simply the latest version of the Garden to exist, Garden IV for the purists.

Inside it’s hallowed halls though, it’s just the Garden. Even if all the spirits inside it may not have played on the very same court, may not have battled at the very same ring center, it’s still the Garden. The legacy of the name is as valuable as the ground itself.

It is with that feeling that this Saturday’s HBO show will take place. The sight lines might not be what they were for Gehrig and Mantle, for Ali and Norton, but by God it’s still Yankee Stadium. It will say so on the ticket stubs.

Miguel Cotto’s challenge of Yuri Foreman for the WBC Jr. Middleweight belt is an interesting enough fight on its own. Cotto (34-2, 27 KO) coming off a devastating loss at Welterweight to Manny Pacquiao to challenge for a belt in his third weight class has powerful narrative. The preeminent Puerto Rican star of his era facing a Jewish titlist in Foreman (28-0, 8 KO) would be a hot summer night in New York in any era.

New York always sold bundles of tickets with ethnic rivalries. This fight fits well with the legacy, if not the overall quality, of battles like Benny Leonard-Lew Tendler. It may struggle to reach the same peaks as some of the Yankee classics though.

How could it not. It’s been almost 34 years since the great venue has seen prizefighters do their thing. In the years before 1976, Yankee Stadium…

…saw an aging Jack Dempsey step in off losing the Heavyweight championship to Gene Tunney for a showdown with young contender Jack Sharkey in 1927. Behind on points and being soundly outboxed, Dempsey went to the cup. Sharkey appeared to be turning to complain about the foul and Dempsey proved why fighters must ‘defend themselves at all times.’ He let Sharkey have it. Ten count. TKO7.

…saw Joe Louis. Boy, did it see Joe Louis. Under the Bronx lights, Louis would be stopped by Max Schmeling in 1936 and ravage Schmeling in the return two years later. Louis’s comeback win against Sharkey in between, struggle with Tommy Farr, off the floor knockout of Two-Ton Tony Galento, rematch knockouts of Arturo Godoy, Billy Conn, and Jersey Joe Walcott, all filled the Yankee stands. His one-too-many return against Ezzard Charles played host as well.

…saw what still may be the greatest Middleweight war ever raged. The Man of Steel, Tony Zale, had taken the crown with him into the trenches of World War II. In his absence, Rocky Graziano had built a solid following with dramatic knockouts and a Horatio Alger archetype of a story. Together over six rounds, Zale and Graziano became Zale-Graziano, the first chapter in what would be three epics allowing the warriors involved to become one of the rare adjective rivalries in boxing. Zale won in six. The fans at Yankee Stadium that night won forever.

…saw, in Yankee’s last fistic night a less than glorious encounter and yet an enduring part of the legend. Muhammad Ali had conquered Zaire, survived Manila, but could never quite solve Ken Norton. He certainly didn’t on September 28, 1976. In one of the most debated and decried decisions of the 20th century, Ali retained his crown over fifteen rounds in his only appearance under Yankee’s open sky.

There has been plenty written about boxing’s recent returns to mega-venues. Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler put over 50,000 in Millennium Stadium in 2007. The Heavyweight Klitschko brothers are making a habit of stadium filling in Germany. Manny Pacquiao against Joshua Clottey earlier this year may only have been a preview of bigger crowds at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in years to come.

None of them are Yankee.

This is the ultimate throwback, a reminder of when June in New York was the Super Bowl period for the sport almost every year, of packed houses not only at Yankee but also at a Polo Grounds which no longer exists. Cotto-Foreman? As noted, it’s an interesting fight on its own. The fight program will say it is the main event.

But, no matter whether it is a classic or simply another night at the fights, it plays second fiddle to the location surrounding the fighters. Saturday night, after over three decades, boxing comes home to Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium is the event.

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Cliff’s Notes… Why aren’t more people asking to see Vitali Klitschko-Tomasz Adamek. They could pack house in the U.S. or abroad if a Haye fight isn’t possible or is taken by Wladimir…Joel Casamayor fighting Amir Khan? Why? This can’t be serious in a field as deep as Jr. Welterweight is right now. Dimitry Salita and Paulie Malignaggi followed by the aged Cuban should raise real question marks…It’s a shame that Steve Cunningham-Troy Ross isn’t on U.S. TV. How often has a stellar Cruiserweight fight, on paper, disappointed in the last ten years? Not often and fans could really be missing out…The WBO stripping him doesn’t change the only fact that matters: Sergio Martinez is THE Middleweight Champion of the World until he, not a sanctioning body, says different…Here’s hoping all the BoxingScene readers enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the sight of a fight at freaking Yankee Stadium in 2010.

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America.

06-03-2010, 09:23 AM
Foreman-Cotto: The Quest For A Competitve HBO Telecast
By Jake Donovan

It’s been more than 30 years since a boxing has been staged at Yankee Stadium, but this weekend’s featured attraction between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto could potentially represent something else that hasn’t been seen in quite some time on HBO – a bout that’s both competitive and entertaining.

You have to go back to the end of April to find a telecast that fits such a criteria. The month of May proved to be a lucrative one, thanks to the boatloads of cash generated in Floyd Mayweather’s landslide win over Shane Mosley. But from a competitive standpoint, there wasn’t a single bout for which HBO paid that even came close to delivering.

When the majority of the fights staged in a particular month have fans calling for a participant’s immediate retirement, it’s hardly a good thing.

There stands the chance that the same chatter could come out of this weekend’s headliner, which airs live from the House That Jeter and A-Rod Built (Saturday, 10:15PM ET/7:15PM PT).

That people are expecting a competitive fight perhaps speaks volumes of how far along Cotto is – or perceived to be in his career. It never helps when you enter a major fight on the heels of the worst beating of your career, which is what occurred in last November’s stoppage loss to Manny Pacquiao.

Cotto (34-2. 27KO) looked worse as the fight wore on, getting little to no help from his inexperienced corner and being sent out round after round merely for the sake of attempting to go the full twelve. He fell just over two minutes short of accomplishing that feat, but the effects of the additional punishment he absorbed along the way could very well be on display this weekend.

There also comes the challenge of fighting in a new weight class, as he ventures up to the 154 lb. division after having campaigned as a welterweight for the previous three years.

Still, Cotto comes in well-rested and also well-prepared. Saturday will mark one week shy of seven months since his last ring appearance, and also his first fight under the tutelage of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.

Add to the mix that his 154 lb. debut comes against a titlist with a modest resume and even less overwhelming knockout percentage, and it all should all come out to yet another showcase night for an HBO house fighter, right?

Certainly, the network’s subscribers are hoping Cotto’s opponent has something to say about that.

It sometimes serves as a red flag when more is said of the backdrop than of the actual fight itself. In the weeks since this matchup was announced, we’ve heard countless tales of memories from Ali-Norton III, about Foreman’s rabbinical aspirations and fighting just hours after the end of Sabbath, about New York City serving as Cotto’s home away from home, and whether or not he has enough in the tank to extend his career beyond Saturday evening.

What’s not being told is what makes this fight somewhat of a pick-‘em on paper.

That’s the part where Yuri Foreman will have his say in what happens in the ring.

An undefeated Belurasian Jew who calls Brooklyn home, Foreman (20-0, 8KO) has faced an uphill battle in earning the respect of the boxing world. Part of the resistance had to do with the hard sell that came with his career, where his nationality and religious beliefs were often cited before his actual boxing ability.

Once given the opportunity to perform, Foreman proved he can fight a little.

What he hasn’t always provided is the entertainment, earning the dubious nickname “Yuri Boreman” in reference to his knack for allowing most of his bouts to go to the scorecards. Eight straight wins have been by decision, with a three-round no-decision against Cornelius Bundrage mixed in between.

Foreman’s last stoppage win came more than four years ago, which isn’t saying much since his competition had hardly been stellar leading up to his first crack at a major title, which came on the same night that Cotto conceded his welterweight strap to Pacquiao last year.

There wasn’t much of a frame of reference to gauge Foreman’s chances against Daniel Santos. Though undefeated and the top-rated contender, Foreman hadn’t beaten anyone close to the level of Santos to suggest that he belonged on the championship level, even in the era of splintered titles.

Conversely, Santos hadn’t fought in 16 months and didn’t exactly enter last November’s fight in the best condition, accepting the fight on relatively short notice and training accordingly.

All a fighter can do is deal with what’s placed in front of them. Foreman handled his own very well, dropping Santos twice and dominating him throughout, looking like a watchable fighter en route a landslide decision and his first major championship.

The win was a big one for a 154 lb. weight class that has struggled to maintain an identity ever since Oscar de la Hoya departed from the division. Not that it transformed Foreman into an overnight star, although his name makes the papers more than most other fighters due to his strong faith in the Jewish religion and his looking to become a rabbi.

It also gave promoter Bob Arum a horse in the division’s race, providing the perfect opportunity to give an older thoroughbred one more test run.

Had the fight been made even a year ago, few would have given Foreman any sort of chance of winning the bout, and it’s debatable whether or not HBO would’ve approved the bout for its airwaves.

Given how 2009 ended for both fighters, the fight makes sense now more than ever. Not just for the fighters or the event’s handlers, but also for the very network funding the fight.

Let’s hope for their sake that Foreman is as good as was suggested in last year’s win over Santos and that Cotto is still close to the fighter who has spent most of the past few years hovering around the pound-for-pound rankings.

Because after watching Shane Mosley, Nate Campbell and Paul Malignaggi scrambling for fans to have them pen retirement speeches after last month’s respective fights, the last thing HBO needs is another night spent wondering when the next competitive bout will appear in front of its cameras.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com and an award-winning member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

06-03-2010, 09:28 AM
Cotto's A Much Different Fighter Than Steward's Used To Working With
By Frank Lotierzo from Sweet science

This weekend's Foreman-Cotto WBA junior middleweight title bout at Yankees Stadium in New York offers a contrasting style clash. Obviously with Yuri Foreman holding such a pronounced reach advantage, he'll try and keep Miguel Cotto at the end of his jab and look to bust up and swell his face, cause a cut to impair his vision and force the fight to be stopped. Or he can box his way to a decision victory by keeping Cotto on the outside and turning him in the corners while trying to prevent him from getting inside.

For this bout Cotto has brought in highly regarded trainer Emanuel Steward to work with him, replacing Joe Santiago who trained him for his last fight, a stoppage loss to Manny Pacquiao. Steward is best known for being an offensive trainer and has usually enjoyed the luxury of working with the more skilled fighter/boxer when he's been called in during the last 10-15 years to help a fighter rebound from a tough loss in their last big fight.

Steward has thrived working the corner of such all-time greats as Thomas Hearns and Lennox Lewis. He currently trains IBF/WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and has taught him how to fight big. And like Lewis, Klitschko has improved under Steward's tutelage in using his height and reach in order to set-up his big right hand from outside. For practically every one of their fights under Steward, Lennox and Wladimir have enjoyed the physical advantages along with the edge in power over their opponents. And that's what's different this time for Steward. Cotto is a bigger puncher than Foreman, but other than experience he holds no other advantage, not to mention he's moving up in weight to challenge him. Simply put, Miguel is physically the smaller man in every aspect compared to Foreman.

For most of Steward's training career he's worked with fighters who wanted to keep the fight outside and draw the opponent into their right hand. Can you imagine Hearns fighting Cotto? Miguel would've been a sitting duck for Hearns' right hand flesh seeking missile. Now Steward is working with a fighter who has to navigate his opponents' right hand so he can get inside and work the body. Cotto, when he's been the physically stronger fighter and wasn't concerned with his opponents' power, looked to fight as the attacker and pushed the fight. Since Foreman isn't much of a puncher, and Cotto can't win the fight on the outside, it'll be interesting to see the difference Steward makes in him as far as his ability to pressure Foreman without absorbing a lot of punishment on the way in.

There's been talk of Cotto's bad balance recently, something that wasn't much of a concern until this fight. Steward mentioned last week that he's improved Miguel's balance and he's more capable of getting off shots cleanly now without losing it or getting out of position. He's also raved about how easily Cotto has been able to do 10-12 rounds of sparring without any problem. Having said that, Steward the offensive trainer is going to have to make a big difference on Cotto defensively. Meaning we'll have to see plenty of head and upper-body movement by Cotto on the way in if he's to have any success versus Yuri Foreman.

Steward is going to have to see to it that Miguel makes Foreman miss and then makes him pay while cutting off the ring as he pursues his way in. Cotto already knows how to cut off the ring, but making Yuri pay off a miss while on the attack will go a long way in this fight. This is a lot different from the style Emanuel's fighters normally fight. They basically looked to land the right hand from long range and the fight was usually over. It'll be worth watching the fight just to see if Steward can refine Cotto defensively at this stage of his career. If nothing else, it'll seem odd watching Steward work with the compact swarmer opposed to being in the corner of the bigger and taller boxer-puncher. Most of Manny's fighters and champions have made their living with their right hand, whereas Cotto's bread and butter punch is his left-hook.

This is a fight where both the fighter and the trainer will have to make adjustments.

06-03-2010, 09:33 AM
Foreman or Cotto? Experts Decide
By Lem Satterfield from Max Boxing

They are both 29 years old, but most believe that there is more significant wear and tear on challenger Miguel Cotto (pictured above) than there is on WBA junior middleweight (154 pounds) champion Yuri Foreman.

Cotto (34-2, 27 knockouts) will try to dethrone Foreman in Saturday night's HBO-televised bout from Yankees Stadium.

Here's what those in the boxing media think about Saturday's bout:

Bob Canobbio, CompuBox, Inc.:
Miguel Cotto W 12 Yuri Foreman: I like Cotto by close, maybe controversial decision. He's moving up in weight, coming off a bad loss to Pacquiao. Foreman's a natural junior middleweight who can navigate his way around the ring and punch effectively -- not hard, but effectively.

Cotto will come forward all night, not respecting Foreman's punching power at all -- and he shouldn't. Foreman only throws in the the mid-50's as far as punches per round, so the question is: Will he throw enough to win the close rounds, while Cotto comes forward all night, impressing the judges?

Scott Crouse, Co-Host Ballroom Boxing Report, Baltimore's ESPN Radio 1300AM:
Miguel Cotto W 12 Yuri Foreman: I'm tempted to pick the upset in this one. But as I look at Foreman's record, I don't see anyone close to Miguel Cotto's overall package of talent, physical strength, and ability to apply serious pressure.
Foreman is capable of winning by stinking out Yankee Stadium with an elusive hit-and-run style, but Cotto's not the kind of fighter to simply follow him around the ring and let that happen. I think that this fight bears resemblance to Cotto's fight with Paulie Malignaggi.

Even though Foreman's a bigger fighter than Paulie, and Cotto is four years older, he proved then that he could cut off the ring and hunt down a slick, hit-and-run stylist who doesn't have a lot of power to keep him away. Foreman will be a more difficult challenge, and if Cotto doesn't have the legs to keep up he'll lose.

And the fans would also lose in that case, by the way. Cotto is still one of the best body punchers in the sport, and I think that will be the key to eventually slowing Foreman down enough to land more of his power shots in the mid-to-late rounds, and to possibly even hurt Foreman.

It'll be enough to win the title on a close decision. So my pick is Cotto, by 12-round decision.

Steve Farhood, Showtime boxing analyst:
Yuri Foreman W 12 Miguel Cotto: I like Foreman in a mild upset. He's bigger than Cotto, much quicker, and closer to his prime. I don't think that he's the fighter that Cotto is, but he might be getting this matchup at the perfect time.

Foreman didn't move all that much in winning the title from Daniel Santos. He'll return to his old ways at Yankee Stadium, moving left and right, keeping the fight outside, and minimizing the exchanges.

Foreman by close 12-round decision.

Norm Frauenheim, 15rounds.com: :
Miguel Cotto UD 12 Yuri Foreman: If there is a good comeback looming in any of today's fighters, it figures to be within Miguel Cotto, who is likeable for an evident toughness that says he isn't done. The guess here is that Cotto's comeback begins Saturday night against Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium.

Cotto won't be swinging for the fences. A solid effort is enough. If he can re-establish some of the fundamentals and balance that new trainer Emanuel Steward says he has been emphasizing, Cotto could recreate a chance at avenging his problematic loss to Antonio Margarito in a rematch.

There are multiple causes for Cotto to be concerned. The 5-foot-11 Foreman is the bigger man and at a more natural weight. The 5-7 Cotto will fight at 154 pounds for the first time. Then, there are the scars. Cotto, bloodied in a loss to Manny Pacquiao in his last bout, has been cut badly too often.

The scar tissue is a target. With a well-placed punch or an incidental head butt, Cotto could taste a bloody end to a brilliant career. But the light-hitting Foreman, who has only eight knockouts in his 28 fights, doesn't appear to possess enough power to really hurt him.

Meanwhile, a Cotto specialty, body punching, will take its toll, slowing down Foreman through a deliberate, patient 12 rounds.

Lee Harris, Co-Host of 'In the Corner' Boxing Podcast:
Yuri Foreman UD 12 Miguel Cotto: It pains me to make this prediction because Miguel Cotto is one of my favorite fighters. In addition, Foreman's style has never been very appealing to me from an entertainment perspective. But from recent performances, it seems that Cotto is quite probably damaged goods.

Cotto has lost two of his last four fights, with three of those bouts being especially taxing. Foreman, however, seems to be hitting his stride. Foreman looked impressive in winning the title over Daniel Santos in his most recent bout.

Foreman is four inches taller than Cotto, with a five-inch reach advantage. Foreman will know how to utilize these advantages. I think junior middleweight is a poor choice for Cotto to campaign in, and Foreman will make him realize this fact.

Cotto's legs seem shaky, and I question his ability to box a disciplined 12 rounds against a smart, crafty, boxer such as Foreman. Foreman will take few chances, content to outbox and befuddle the slower Cotto over the distance.

It won't be all that exciting, but I think Foreman has enough skill to defeat this version of Cotto, who has seen better days.

Kevin Iole, Yahoo.com:
Yuri Foreman W 12 Miguel Cotto: Yuri Foreman by decision. Foreman is not exciting, but he's an expert boxer with good range. He'll keep Cotto outside and frustrate him with his jab and elusiveness.

Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com
Yuri Foreman W 12 Miguel Cotto: I like Foreman by decision. I think he's the more natural 154-pounder and I don't know if Cotto has the foot speed to deal with his movement.

Michael Marley, National Boxing Examiner, Examiner.com:
Yuri Foreman UD 12 Miguel Cotto: Some called him Yuri Boreman. Looking back sardonically, the aspiring, perspiring rabbi to be and WBA 154 pound champ can laugh about that tag now. He's not sure who coined it, but says "It certainly wasn't a fan of mine."

Foreman made some fans, including many Filipinos, when he outpointed Daniel Santos for the title on the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto show. Fighting an older but still dangerous puncher, Foreman was crisp with his jab, elusive and entertaining most of the way.

They say winning a world title boosts any fighter. I say Foreman entertains again and wins a unanimous decision over the yes, still dangerous, but also, still fading Boricua Banger, Miguel Cotto.

The pick is Foreman UD 12 -- and don't be surprised if the light-hitting Foreman cuts Cotto. There's plenty of scar tissue to target there.

Kieran Mulvaney, ESPN.boxing and Reuters:
Yuri Foreman W 12 Miguel Cotto: Pound-for-pound, peak vs. peak, Miguel Cotto is a vastly better fighter than Yuri Foreman. Cotto is more naturally skilled, has shown impressive adapatability, and at his ferocious best, packed the kind of power in his heavy hands to make opponents wilt.

But I don't know if that Miguel Cotto is the one we will see in the ring on Saturday night. Three of Cotto's last four fights have been brutal affairs. Does he still have enough in his tank to do what he needs to do and what he used to do so well, which is slip under the taller Foreman's jab and rip him to the body?

Cotto, once a famed body puncher, has all but abandoned the body in recent bouts. But Cotto needs to rediscover the form and technique that took him to the top of the mountain if he is to have any hope of success against a much taller man.

Foreman is neither the relentless force of Antonio Margarito, the whirling dervish of power punches that is Manny Pacquiao, nor even the block of granite that is Joshua Clottey. But he is tall and capable, and all he needs to do is keep Cotto at a distance and do just enough to discourage the challenger from coming inside and digging to his ribcage.

Two years ago, I wouldn't have given Foreman a chance. Now, I think that he is catching Cotto at the right time. I think he will have enough to win on points in what may be a fairly lackluster contest.

Lance Pugmire, The Los Angeles Times:
Miguel Cotto W 12 Yuri Foreman: The punishment that Miguel Cotto has taken from Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao has been stark, but his toughness and skills remain strong enough to beat Yuri Foreman. I like Cotto by decision.

Joe Santoliquito, Managing Editor, Ring Magazine:
Miguel Cotto KO 7 Yuri Foreman: I just need to see more from Foreman to be convinced that he's a Cotto-caliber fighter. I don't think that we will see it against Cotto, whom I still believe has something left after taking some brutal beatings by Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao.

Apparently, Bob Arum doesn't agree with my assessment of Cotto. Why else do you think the Hall of Fame promoter is risking Foreman in with Cotto? Apparently because he doubts Cotto could beat him. I have no doubts: Cotto smashes Foreman.

But -- and it's a BIG BUT -- if Foreman does win impressively, this victory makes him a star.

Michael David Smith, FanHouse.com:
Miguel Cotto UD 12 Yuri Foreman: Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision. I believe Cotto is the superior boxer by a significant margin, and that the only question is whether Cotto can return to form after the beating that Manny Pacquiao put on him in his last fight.

I think Cotto can return, and that he'll beat Foreman in a decision that won't be very close.

Tim Smith, New York Daily News:
Miguel Cotto W 12 Yuri Foreman: You wonder just how much Miguel Cotto has left, even fighting at 154 pounds. Yuri Foreman fought a great match against Daniel Santos to win the title. But he's going to have to raise the level of his game to beat Cotto, who is a very good boxer.

It should be a close fight, but I see Cotto ekeing out a narrow decision. Cotto wins by 12 round decision.

The experts have spoken, chosing Miguel Cotto to dethrone Yuri Foreman, 7-6.
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macho5699 6-01-2010 11:47PM
I'm going with Cotto on this one. I plan to see a rejuvenated Cotto. I'm sure Steward has been working on his movement and boxing skills, so i expect to see Cotto with his A-game. I see this one going the distance. So Cotto via UD landing the more effective punches and being the aggressor.
HELLO RICK 6-02-2010 12:24AM
cotto's done but he should beat foreman. saying that, there's no way cotto will be able to continue his career at 154lbs if he indeed wins. foreman shouldn't have the belt in the first place. there is too many big, dangerous fighters in that division for cotto to survive, but if he wins i recommend he follows zab judah and drop to junior welter and defintely get the hell away from that scumbag bob arum.
Bob 6-02-2010 1:31AM
Cotto. TKO by the 7th round. I'm really hoping he ends it by round 4. In any case, I'm guessing here as to when the knockout will occur, but I pick Cotto to win, no matter what.
pongiipongii 6-02-2010 3:02AM
Good luck Bob, I'm picking elusive Yuri to win but I'm not sure 'coz Cotto is a strong puncher.
Bob 6-03-2010 12:22AM
I really want Cotto to win by a KO. It will do so much to get him back on the road to being a champion. You never know though. Win or lose, this could be his last fight--so far his hasn't made up his mind about that.

But if he loses to Foreman I'll go along with the rest of the crew who thinks it's time for him to hang up his gloves. He was such a great champion until his loss to Margarito. He claims his last two losses don't bother him, but I don't believe it. I think they are living deep within his head and that's one of the reasons he has been getting beaten up so badly--lack of confidence in himself.

We'll see what happens Saturday night.

06-03-2010, 09:44 AM
This is just one man's perspective, but:

No one, and I mean NO ONE I know of in the boxing fraternity around NJ and NYC is up for this one, save those that thrive on scoring credentials to a card so they can Twitter from ringside.

In the scheme of things fistic there was no reason except ethnicity exploitation on the part of Arum to put this one on. NYC has a high concentration of Puerto Ricans within its borders, and there is a healthy Hasidic community as well. It is arguable as to what extent both of these fan bases will commit to attending once they've seen the overpriced ducats.

Foreman, as nice a kid as you'd want to meet, has been brought along carefully and has been the recipient of several gift decisions over solid journeymen. I think its ludicrous to pick him as a winner over even a frayed and fading Cotto, who is truly the first elite fighter he's faced.

The only upset possible here is that Cotto, moving up to '54, is slowed down and lets Foreman dictate the pace and give himself escape room. But I don't think that's likely.

I say Miguel has not lost enough skills/movement/desire, etc. for this one to even be close: Cotto KO7 Foreman.