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  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 tough.

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!


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