Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey Bout PredictionCategory: Boxing
The welterweight bout between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey is a must-see event.
Even pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is set to watch it. After all, the winner of the bout might earn the chance to fight the Pacman at a catch weight on October this year. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA on June 13 (tomorrow, Sunday here in the Philippines).
Manny Pacquiao is still in New York fresh from accepting his 2008 Fighter of the Year Award.
Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto is the current WBO welterweight champion with a current record of 33 wins (27 KO) and 1 loss. He has beaten the likes of Shane Mosley, Oktay Urkal, Zab Judah and Paul Malignaggi. His only loss was to Antonio Margarito via an 11th round TKO.
On the other hand, Joshua Clottey who hails from Ghana is the former IBF welterweight champion before he was stripped of it last April. He holds a professional record of 35 wins (20 KO) and 2 losses. He has beaten the likes of Diego Corrales and Zab Judah. His only losses were to Carlos Baldomir via disqualification and to Antonio Margarito via unanimous decision.
My result forecast?
Cotto is the more accomplished fighter and has faced more quality opponents. He is also more aggressive but Clottey knows how to defend well and can strike back with a vengeance. I pick Cotto to win via a 10th round stoppage.
UPDATE June 14, 2009: Miguel Cotto won via a split-decision bouyed by his knockdown over Clottey in the first round. He got 116-111 and 115-112 on two judges. The third judge scored it 114-113 for Clottey.