However, Junito managed to bruise and bloody the usually untouchable “Pretty Boy.”
Earlier this month, in an extraordinarily dominant performance, Cotto stopped Sergio Martinez six seconds into the 10th round to capture the middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden.
Meeting at a maximum weight of 159 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto sacrificed size, speed and power against the 5-foot-10 Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs).
Nevertheless, Cotto floored Martinez three times in the first and once more in the ninth and was ahead 90-77 on all three cards when trainer Pablo Sarmiento mercifully halted the beating.
Looking reenergized and throwing fists with a noticeable confidence, Cotto and Roach devised an aggressive plan to bully Martinez.
Under the tutelage of Roach, Cotto appears to be in the midst of a renaissance.
“I was confident Miguel was going to beat Martinez and of course it pleases me that he’s made me look good while doing it,” said Roach, 54, who has been voted Trainer of the Year on six occasions by the BWAA. “The new Cotto, with his improved movement, would be too mobile for Floyd now and I believe he would knock him out.”
Comparatively, in an enthralling prizefight, Mayweather secured a majority decision over Marcos Maidana on May 3.
Mayweather officially overcame the 30-year-old Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) by counts of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 to unify welterweight world titles.
Maidana, a powerful and beloved Argentinean who entered as a 12-to-1 underdog, fought relentlessly, muscled Mayweather against the ropes, and constantly launched wild overhand rights.
According to CompuBox, Mayweather was struck by Maidana more times than by any other opponent in his fabled career as a defensive virtuoso.
Unfortunately for Argentina and “El Chino,” Maidana rarely landed flush shots and Mayweather consistently countered and connected with solid left hooks and lead right hands.
“Money Mayweather” will return to the squared circle versus an opponent to be determined on September 13.
Considering the lack of appealing options, and the fact that the sport’s pound-for-pound king avoids Manny Pacquiao like anthrax, Mayweather should give Cotto a rematch.
Cotto, the first Puerto Rican boxer to win crowns in four weight classes, is throwing more left hooks to the body with Roach and the duo will continue thriving in the rugged world of pugilism.
“With his improved movement,” Miguel Cotto may prove to “be too mobile for” Floyd Mayweather this autumn on Mexican Independence Day weekend in Sin City.