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Gennady "GGG" Golovkin: Declares War On Miguel Cotto

Golovkin mauled Geale, and immediately challenged Miguel Cotto to a superfight.
Golovkin mauled Geale, and immediately challenged Miguel Cotto to a superfight.
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"Miguel Cotto. 100%, I respect him, I respect his style. This is the biggest fight for everybody. For TV, for my fans, for everybody. For boxing."

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, when asked who he wanted next by HBO's Max Kellerman, after mugging Daniel Geale in 3 rounds.

Um... That's sooooo not good.

See, the thing that was most impressive about Golovkin's one-punch decimation of Geale (we'll ignore the left-handed slap on the back of Geale's head on his way down), is that it came after he was struck by a full impact shot from Geale, and while he was delivering the knockout punch.

Geale's mind went into another zipcode, and his legs instantly turned into al dente pasta from a less than full impact flush right hand. Only someone truly great can do this to a world-class fighter. This is like Tom Brady completing a deep throw touchdown pass while being nailed by a Seattle Seahawk (alright I'm a Patriots fan I couldn't resist).

But you get my point.

When I offered the forecast of Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez right before it happened (you can see that here if you like, I was like... really accurate) I offered that sometimes life's a bitch and then it decides to have puppies.

I was metaphorically referring to Sergio Martinez, who barked about his bite right up until he was bitten into retreat by a real dog in Cotto. No disrespect to Martinez, but I never felt he was a top 10 pound for pound best fighter in the world - ever - and that Cotto would be a stylistic nightmare for him.

Why he decided to continue with his career is anyone's guess, all he's going to have is more bad dreams.

I don't think Cotto would toss n' turn over Golovkin, but that doesn't make him any less of a nightmare. He is - and always has been, a very proud and supremely confident fighter who works very hard in one of the most demanding trades in the world. His has been the story of a renaissance, for he was all but considered dead after extending Floyd Mayweather in a tough decision loss (while wearing the gloves Marcos Maidana was not allowed to use I might add); then serving as almost cannon fodder in single-handedly marking the arrival of Austin Trout.

In his two fights "back" under Freddie Roach, Cotto has looked like the monster he was at 140lbs in destroying Delvin Rodriguez at 154, and then of course his sadistic dismissal of Martinez to capture the RING and WBC lineal middleweight titles in June. But how would all of this translate in a fight with Golovkin, who isn't anything like Rodriguez or Martinez, or really anything he's ever seen before. Cotto has never been one to back down from a challenge and arguably boasts the most impressive resume in all of boxing. But is he willing to accept Golovkin's challenge?

Or the better question might be, should he?


It makes the most sense and should be relatively easy to make. Both fight on HBO, and from a promotional stand point its a fight that's friendly to make. Cotto has always been a sensation and box office bonanza at Madison Square Garden, so pairing him with Golovkin at MSG (where the Kazakhstan terror has been a success in his own right) is this close to a no-brainer.

Golovkin's rather direct (and politically correct) declaration of war was made right in front of Cotto's trainer Freddie Roach, who sat ringside to scout "GGG" himself. I don't yet know how Freddie assessed what he saw, but he undoubtedly knows he'd have to structure Miguel in a way far beyond what he already has.

What Roach has been able to do is successfully remind Cotto of who he was at his best. He's rid him of the over-thinking tendency he developed which lead to ring apprehension, and got him to close space while operating behind a textbook blend of skills. His best punch, the left hook, is once again one of boxing's most feared weapons, and his debilitating body attack has been fully restored. Cotto would be either very competitive with or defeat any 154lb champion there is (Mayweather would have serious difficulty beating this Cotto) and scare the hell out of any elite middleweight.

He is also a much better fighter than Daniel Geale and would offer Golovkin much more resistance...

Geale, with his side-to-side, in and out frenzied nature - found out that going "in" on Golovkin gets you out of a fight rather quickly. Cotto's more advanced footwork and more polished ring movement; to go along with his high guard, compact shoulders and better overall game, would advance Golovkin with the best offensive arsenal that the Kazakhstan product has probably ever seen. Cotto would believe in himself right up to the point where he started being effected by what I think is Golovkin's most punishing weapon of them all: his thunderous jab.

Golovkin turns, relaxes his right shoulder, and thrusts his entire body weight into the jab with his feet firmly planted.

It alone would start immediately rearranging Miguel's features, make him fallback, and get him to start fighting in retreat. A fairly competitive bout for maybe 2 or 3 rounds would start turning into a comprehensive beating of sorts. Everything Golovkin throws is heavy- whether inside at close range or from a distance. Cotto would be rendered cut, swollen, bruised, battered, and basically beaten the hell out of.

The best version of Miguel Cotto I've ever seen was against Manny Pacquiao in 2009. The 2nd best version I'd see would be against Golovkin. Pacquiao overwhelmed Cotto with his blinding speed and variety. Golovkin would run roughshod over him with an almost bionic aggression, subjecting him to the ugliest beating he's never dreamed of.

Miguel is near the zenith of his career and has a superfight with Saul Canelo Alvarez directly in front of him if that fight can be negotiated successfully. As lucrative as a fight with Golovkin is, one with Alvarez is far more lucrative - and safer. But the bottom line is this: Gennady "GGG" Golovkin would pound a very brave Miguel Cotto into complete submission via brutal 7th round TKO.

If I was Cotto, I'd seek a peace treaty agreement.