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Monday, November 9, 2009

Cotto Mentally Unprepared for Upcoming Fight with Pacquiao

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Published 7 hours ago by Leo Reyes
Barely a week before Miguel Cotto climbs the ring to face Manny Pacquiao in their 'Firepower' match on November 14 in Las Vegas, boxing critics say that the Puerto Rican boxer is unprepared for the biggest fight in his boxing career.

WBO Champion Miguel Cotto seems unprepared for his November 14 date with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barely a week before fight night, Cotto is struggling with a number of major distractions while his handlers are doing the finishing touches for his last leg of training before he collides with the pound for-pound king.

Latest of these distractions is a report by popular sportswriter Joaquin Henson of Philstar.com regarding the case filed in court by Evangelista Cotto, the boxer's uncle and former trainer, for damages amounting to $7.5 million.

Tempers flared when Cotto wanted to move his training camp from Caguas to Tampa, Florida, against Evangelista’s wishes. They scuffled, leaving Cotto’s uncle with a broken nose and busted ribs. Evangelista said he was “brutally attacked” and suffered “serious injuries.” He filed a $7.5 million suit for damages, mainly for breach of contract, secondarily for injuries and “emotional stress” from the brawl.

The case stemmed from a near-violent encounter between Miguel Cotto and his uncle Evangelista which led to a bloody ending. It was reported that trouble started when Cotto started to move his training to Tampa Florida against the wishes of his uncle Evangelista. Cotto's actions led to the termination of the services of his uncle.
Another distraction which made boxing fans believe that Cotto is ill-prepared for the November 14 encounter with the pound-for-pound king, is the recurring news that Cotto has become a damaged fighter after his brutal defeat against Antonio Margarito of Mexico who inflicted so much punishment on the Puerto Rican boxer. A former member of Team Cotto who is now working in Team Pacquiao was quoted to have said that 'Cotto is a damaged fighter'. Cotto is denying that his devastating loss to Margarito badly affected his performance as a boxer. The handlers of Margarito was reported to have allegedly inserted illegal wraps into the gloves of the Mexican boxer, which caused his devastating loss.

There are also persistent reports that Cotto is struggling with his Tampa team led by Joe Santiago who took over from his uncle Evangelista as trainer and coach.
And still another distraction concerning the boxers ex-wife(now reconciled) and children appeared to be affecting the psychological preparedness of the Puerto Rican boxer. It was earlier reported that Cotto's uncle resented the boxer's way of handling his family affairs. Cotto has a daughter by another woman.

Miguel Cotto has fought twice since his devastating loss to Margarito and won both fights. He was sluggish in his fight with Joshua Clottey of Ghana and nearly lost the fight, prompting critics to say that he is no longer the same powerful puncher that he was before his fight with Margarito.

Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines will collide in their 'Firepower' match on November 14 at the GM Grand garden arena in Las Vegas Nevada.

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/281833

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