SAN DIEGO – December 1, 2012 – Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto is fun to watch no matter who he’s fighting. Cotto is a fan favorite because he never plays it safe. He takes every opponent seriously and gives it his all.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) even has the potential to make a fight with the rather boring Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) entertaining. It’s a lot to ask.
Trout’s advantages in size, youth and enthusiasm are up against an experienced, relentless opponent in Cotto. He’s also fighting Cotto on his home turf. New York treats Cotto as a native son, and Madison Square Garden is Cotto’s house. Twenty-thousand people will be cheering their hero Cotto to a win.
For a fighter who has never been on the world stage that is the Garden on Fight Night like Trout, the atmosphere can be intimidating and overwhelming. He is going to have to put in earplugs mentally and shut out the noise and excitement.
If the capacity crowd of 500 enthusiastic Cotto fans at the Affinia Hotel weigh-in were any indication of what Madison Square Garden will be like Saturday night, it’s going to be a serious Boricua party.
Cotto will be expected to put on a good show by his fans. He has fought seven times at Madison Square Garden and won all of those fights. It’s hard to bet against the edge for Cotto in New York.
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