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.
A week later, I bet he's still having bad dreams.
Cotto would never bark up the wrong tree or much less bark up one to begin with - that's just not who he is. He is and always has been , a proud and supremely confident fighter who works very hard in one of the most demanding trades in the world.
To become a great fighter is a very rare feat, and Cotto is indeed that. To become an all-time great and one the of the greatest fighters to have ever lived is to reside in air that is even more rarefied. I don't know if Cotto is an all-time great (I wouldn't quite call him that - though he is one of the greatest Puerto Rican fighters ever), but Gennady Golovkin, aka "GGG", already is in my estimation.
A fight with Miguel Cotto would indeed prove that point and show you the difference - ever subtle - that is between them.
GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN VS. MIGUEL COTTO
I first must preface what I'm about to say by really commending Freddie Roach for work that may be the finest of his Hall of Fame training career. While his body of work with Pacquiao will remain his overall best no matter what he does, his immediate reversal of Cotto's fortunes is simply remarkable.
What he did was remind Cotto of who he was at his 140lb best. He rid him of 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 (for the record, he would straight up stop Floyd Mayweather if he dared try him again) and scare the hell out of any elite middleweight.
But "GGG" would destroy him.
Cotto 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 what he does best started being offered back to him in spades. As diverse as Cotto's offense is, Golovkin's is that much more.
And he's way more punishing.
He would immediately start rearranging Miguel's features; rendering him cut, swollen, bruised, battered, and basically beaten the hell out of.
A fairly competitve fight for maybe 3 or 4 rounds, it would turn into Cotto going into retreat mode by around the 5th round, then it would become a massacre.
Gennady "GGG" Golovkin would pound a very brave Miguel Cotto into complete submission via brutal 7th round TKO. Uh... Stay away from him Miguel.
Bottom line - I'm not really big on Lara.
Sure, the producers of CSI could've produced an episode following the crime scene that was his fight with Paul Williams a few years ago in Jersey.
He beat Trout and took care of Angulo.
When push comes to shove- he's a runner, and he's not going to dictate terms in there with Alvarez. All one has to do is look at how Canelo chose to respond in his first showing after being taken to school by Mayweather. He was tacitly more aggressive in his dismantling of Angulo and eager to show an array of skills to boot.
Now go ahead and compare what you saw from Lara against Trout and then go back to what he did against Angulo. He'll literally run around the ring to avoid an altercation and Unisom everyone in America (and everywhere else) to death trying to avoid beef.
He does not want to punch with anybody.
If anyone thinks the great Guillermo Rigondeaux takes the Cuban style of defense first tactics too seriously, I believe Rigondeaux is an offensive extravaganza compared to ring trackstar Lara. All Alvarez has to do is attack his ass in an old school Antonio Margarito-like way, and he will.
After figuring out how to employ the right type of Geometry in shrinking the ring, Canelo will set traps, mug, maim, and abuse the elusive Lara slowly but surely.
He'll break him down low, and eventually corner him enough to unleash measured combinations both up and downstairs. Expect Alvarez to hammer and chop down Lara in about 9 rounds, to set up the fight that I would much rather see than the one you read before this preview: Canelo vs. Cotto