Big fights mean big fighters offering up picks and opinions on the evening's action, and right now there's no bigger fight going down than Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto. The two men meet on an HBO pay-per-view clash on Saturday night in what should be a very highly watched event.
Zab Judah spoke to InsideHBOBoxing.com about the fight, having good perspective as he has faced both men in his career. Here's what his final thoughts were on how the fight goes:
I expect Cotto to come to fight. But it's not going to be enough. I've got Mayweather by ninth or 10th-round stoppage. I've had an opportunity to watch him train lately, and he's been looking good. So I'm looking for Floyd to go in there and put on a clinic.
Zab did give credit to Cotto as the second heaviest hitter he has faced in his career.
Rising heavyweight star Seth Mitchell spoke to the same site after his tremendous win over Chazz Witherspoon last weekend and added his thoughts:
"Cotto can crack. And Floyd has shown that he can get hit, but he's shown that he can come through adversity," he noted. "In his last couple of fights, he ain't been moving, he's been standing right there in the pocket, putting that shoulder up and sharp shooting. He's a surgeon in there, and we already know he's got the dog in him. If you want to stand there and bang with him, he can do that too, and he got the best defense out there. So it's going to be an uphill battle for Miguel Cotto."
Finally, MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas caught up with Lamont Peterson to ask his thoughts on the clash. Peterson, who is preparing to defend his title in a rematch against Amir Khan, joined in the chorus of fighters picking Floyd:
From the video:
Floyd Mayweather wins the fight. Early on I think Cotto handles himself well, but due to conditioning...from what I've seen in Cotto's career he seems to run out of gas in the end. Floyd seems to get stronger at the end of fights and I think that's when Floyd'll seperate himself and he'll win the fight.