Count Golden BOy president Oscar De La Hoya among the few giving Miguel Cotto a strong chance of upsetting Floyd Mayweather next month when they clash on May 5 for the WBC junior middleweight title.
Even at the age of 35 and fighting at 154 pounds for only the second time, De La Hoya views Mayweather as the consensus favorite against anyone around his weight. But after learning some confidential points about Cotto trainer Pedro Diaz’s strategy, he gives the Puerto Rican champion a stronger shot than any past Mayweather opponent.
“I think anyone who faces Floyd Mayweather will have little chance of winning,” De La Hoy admitted. “He has great defense, but he is not a perfect fighter. He has never faced Miguel Cotto. Miguel Cotto has the right game plan and the perfect corner.”
While not disclosing specifics, De La Hoya implied Cotto may adopt the role of counter-puncher to meet the aggressive, come-forward style Mayweather has utilized in his last two victories over Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz. The fight, De La Hoya speculates, will come down to who gets impatient with their tactics.
“Miguel Cotto is a strategist. He will wait and he will be patient.,” explained De La Hoya. “Will Mayweather be able to dictate the pace? Will Miguel’s patience be a problem for Mayweather? It will be very interesting… If there is a perfect time to beat Mayweather, it is now. No fighter is invincible. At some point Mayweather will run into that as well. He is a tremendous talent, but it is not easy to stay undefeated in this game. Eventually that ‘0’ has to go.”
Mayweather vs. Cotto airs May 5 on HBO pay-per-view.