Cotto Lives La Vida Loca
At A Tough Mayorga's Expense
By William Trillo
Miguel Angel Cotto moved to 36-2 with 29 KO's but a game
Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1,23 KO's) made Cotto work hard for
his money and was a lot gamer than I think most people
wanted to give him credit for. Cotto was easily ahead on the
cards but Mayorga went into the 12th round with a punchers
chance so the crowd knew it was going to be pedal to the
metal. Somewhere in an exchange of hooks Mayorga pulled his
thumb out of joint and went down like a sack of potatoes.
Obviously favoring his left hand Mayorga got up and chose to
fight on but it was clear his left hand was done and he had
zero chance. In an act of surrender Mayorga went to the
corner and acknowledged his night was over. At 53 seconds of
round 12 Miguel Cotto retained his WBA Super World light
middleweight title in a bout I am sure he will say was
There's a lot to consider in hindsight of this battle, yes
Cotto looked impressive and was dominant, but he never
really had Mayorga in trouble until that strange ending. On
the other hand, Mayorga may not have looked like the Marques
of Queensbury, but I am sure everyone in the house felt he
could drop Cotto with one well placed punch. You can make
fun of Mayorga but he was there to the very bitter end.
Mayorga briefly announced his retirement after the fight.
As for Cotto, let's face it, with Antonio Margarito sitting
dead ringside (and being booed heavily), the next stop for
the Puerto Rican is surely a rematch with Margarito. Cotto
made it clear this week that he is 100% sure Margarito
cheated and he had a thorn in his flesh that could only be
removed by giving Tony a beat down.
It was an good fight and an entertaining show for all...a
lot better than that other 154 pound nonsense we saw one
week prior. Final score cards had Cotto up 107-102 on all
cards after 11.
Upside, inside out he's livin la vida loca !
He'll push and pull you down, livin la vida loc!