Golovkin Trainer Sanchez Aims Barbs At Cotto

Miguel Cotto is a Hall of Fame talent, that is pretty inarguable, I think. But the Puerto Rican hitter is drawing some Twitter fire from those who want the 34-year-old to put his WBC middleweight title on the line in June, against the man many of those naysayers state is THE MAN at 160 pounds, Gennady Golovkin.

Yes, many of the masses, judging by the query I put out on Thursday night, seek a Cotto vs. Golovkin showdown, which they believe has Big Drama Show written all over it. Indeed, many of the respondents see the drama falling in favor of the Kazahk, who looked sharp and nasty in walking down Martin Murray in Monaco last Saturday, scoring a TKO11 victory.

Cotto, meanwhile, was quoted as saying he doesn’t make moves according to the whims of a sanctioning body. The WBC put out a release on Thursday which declared that Cotto can take an interim fight, but then, should he win, put his belt on the line against WBC “Interim” champ Golovkin. Meanwhile, names like Tim Bradley, Erislandy Lara, and K9 Bundrage, none of whom campaign aat 160 right now, have been bandied about as possibles for Cotto’s next, which is presumed to be slated for June. (Or maybe not, as Frank Lotierzo points out, why not if you’re Cotto, wait to see who wins #MayweatherPacquiao, and choose next after that shoe drops?)

Golovkin is the gentleman warrior sort and prefers to let his words speak in the ring, so he’s not going to lobby to get Cotto to clash with him. But Triple G trainer Abel Sanchez is never shy with an opinion. He asked TSS this: “Cotto is saying he is afraid of Golovkin? Nobody runs my career, he says, but when the WBC gave him the opportunity and he agreed they did run it. Now it’s GGG, not a broken-down fighter, and he is not willing to live up to his word. What is that, fear? If Cotto does not want to be a middleweight, then give up the belt, so real men can fight for it.”

Ouch. Strong flurry from Honest Abel.

What do you have to say to that, please, Gaby Penagaricano, the affable rep for Cotto?

“My dear good friend Abel trash talking… I love it!”

Strong words from Sanchez. I’ve seen a school of thought that at this stage of his career, Cotto deserves the benefit of the doubt, and shouldn’t be forced into a tangle with Golovkin. As for being “scared” that hasn’t been his way till now, so why start now? Because, some posters say, he simply knows 160, a real 160, is simply potentially too damaging to him. Readers, offer us your take. How should this situation play out? How will it play out?

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Good stuff EM. I think - regardless of what we read into it (scared or not) - it will be interesting to see how Cotto navigates through or around the Golovkin problem. I will say this though, the way Cotto fights makes him perfect for 3G, and vice versa. The fight - if it happens - will (quickly) come down to; delivered "power", punch resistance, mileage each guy has, and stamina. Whoops . . almost forgot skills and experience. Good fight if it happens. 3G - without a catchweight - might just be too much for Cotto. Then, maybe not. As 3G has no defence and Cotto does.


-the Roast :

If the money is right Cotto should roll dice and take the fight. Nobody is invincible. Cotto is small yes but he knows how to get inside and get under the larger 3G. Trying to box and move against GGG won't work. Golovkin walks him down and wears him out. Get inside and test 3G's chin early. The fight won't go five rounds either way. One man or the other will get busted up or KOed. I know all of you will say it's suicide for Cotto to fight 3G but history favors the bold (or something like that.) Go for it Cotto! What else is he going to do? Wait until the fall to fight MayPac winner or Canelo? That's too long on the shelf.


-stormcentre :

It's funny how some of us - me included - would like to see Cotto fight 3G. Yet, others, perhaps me not included, feel Floyd fighting 3G is career suicide. Yet, Floyd, in a tougher than usual fight for him, still convincingly beat Cotto.


-ultimoshogun :

Cotto wanted the MW title and put himself in this position. Now he should defend his right to keep it by stepping in with the division's best fighter. If it does happen, I think Cotto gets wrecked...GGG won't be as careless on defense with a guy like Cotto.


-the Roast :

It's funny how some of us - me included - would like to see Cotto fight 3G. Yet, others, perhaps me not included, feel Floyd fighting 3G is career suicide. Yet, Floyd, in a tougher than usual fight for him, still convincingly beat Cotto.
I think its a style match up. Floyd would get trapped on the ropes and in the corners and pummeled by 3G. Cotto too if he trys to box and move. Cotto has a shot in a phone booth war. Floyd would never do that. Floyd will never ever ever get in with 3G. Cotto is a warrior and has the balls to make a fight out of it. It would not go the distance.


-the Roast :

Cotto wanted the MW title and put himself in this position. Now he should defend his right to keep it by stepping in with the division's best fighter. If it does happen, I think Cotto gets wrecked...GGG won't be as careless on defense with a guy like Cotto.
Wrecked is a strong possibility.


-Pazuzu :

Great points all. GGG would eventually break Cotto down for a TKO win. But man, it would be a helluva fight. I want to this fight more than any other in 2015.


-Froggy :

If the money is right Cotto should roll dice and take the fight. Nobody is invincible. Cotto is small yes but he knows how to get inside and get under the larger 3G. Trying to box and move against GGG won't work. Golovkin walks him down and wears him out. Get inside and test 3G's chin early. The fight won't go five rounds either way. One man or the other will get busted up or KOed. I know all of you will say it's suicide for Cotto to fight 3G but history favors the bold (or something like that.) Go for it Cotto! What else is he going to do? Wait until the fall to fight MayPac winner or Canelo? That's too long on the shelf.
"Fortune Helps the Brave" !


-amayseng :

Good stuff EM. I think - regardless of what we read into it (scared or not) - it will be interesting to see how Cotto navigates through or around the Golovkin problem. I will say this though, the way Cotto fights makes him perfect for 3G, and vice versa. The fight - if it happens - will (quickly) come down to; delivered "power", punch resistance, mileage each guy has, and stamina. Whoops . . almost forgot skills and experience. Good fight if it happens. 3G - without a catchweight - might just be too much for Cotto. Then, maybe not.
As 3G has no defence and Cotto does.

That is not accurate. Look at Murray's connect percent, somewhere around 26% if I recall and GGG was standing there the last 3 rounds eating shots without even trying to move. Cotto will get beat half to death


-Pazuzu :


That is not accurate. Look at Murray's connect percent, somewhere around 26% if I recall and GGG was standing there the last 3 rounds eating shots without even trying to move. Cotto will get beat half to death
On the money. There is a difference between not having any defense and deciding to take a few shots on your way in once you have determined that your opponent can't hurt you. GGG slipped and ducked entire combinations in the fight against Murray. And let's not forget his footwork and masterful use of distance to both set up his offense and defense. He's no Willie Pep, but he ain't no slouch either.


-stormcentre :

I think its a style match up. Floyd would get trapped on the ropes and in the corners and pummeled by 3G. Cotto too if he trys to box and move. Cotto has a shot in a phone booth war. Floyd would never do that. Floyd will never ever ever get in with 3G. Cotto is a warrior and has the balls to make a fight out of it. It would not go the distance.
Yep, all fair points.


-stormcentre :


That is not accurate. Look at Murray's connect percent, somewhere around 26% if I recall and GGG was standing there the last 3 rounds eating shots without even trying to move. Cotto will get beat half to death
Am I missing something here? Seems your post is actually supporting what I am saying; in that 3G has no (active) defence? How can it (your post) not be if GGG was standing there eating shots? :cool:


-the Roast :

Since we are on the subject, I thought that was dangerous the way 3G was taking those punches from Murray last week. Sure Murray was taking a beating but any man is dangerous until the fight is stopped or the last bell rings. We've seen Mickey Ward lose eleven rounds and then win with a one punch body shot. We've seen plenty of fights end suddenly in the late rounds with one punch. Remember James Toney vs Prince Charles Williams? Close fight late and then BAM fight over. GGG was taking a huge risk getting hit like that.


-brownsugar :

The Roast has a point. Did anyone see the sports special documenting the current status the players from the Championship Chicago Bears era? Jim McMahon said he has to call his wife from the local carryout for directions how to get back home. The "Fridge" moves slower than the mummy and the stories go on and on. Walking through punches will eventually catch up to you. During the fight, Genaddy's head sometimes looked like a speed bag connected to a swivel, connected to a shock absorber. I've never seen anyone with such an appetite for battle and an eagerness to please after a whopping 350 fight amateur career. Gennady was built to fight. But thats what he does .... He doesnt mind taking a few punches to set up his own if necessary....or by all means necessary.


-stormcentre :

Since we are on the subject,
I thought that was dangerous the way 3G was taking those punches from Murray last week. Sure Murray was taking a beating but any man is dangerous until the fight is stopped or the last bell rings. We've seen Mickey Ward lose eleven rounds and then win with a one punch body shot. We've seen plenty of fights end suddenly in the late rounds with one punch. Remember James Toney vs Prince Charles Williams? Close fight late and then BAM fight over. GGG was taking a huge risk getting hit like that.
Exactly. Anyone is (taking a huge risk in a fight when you rely on walking through what your opponent has). The jaw is connected to the skull in almost exactly the same way for anyone. Gabriel Ruelas V Gatti? Vargas V Trinidad? Lewis V Rahman? Tyson V Douglas? Gatti V Floyd? Hatton V Pacquaio? Pacquaio V Marquez? And the list goes on. 3G would not want to do that with someone that can challenge him and/or hit as hard as him - or hard enough to make him think. Hence his current matchmaking and persistence with (non super) middleweights. :cool: