Boxing Betting: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga
Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga will step into the ring and look to pay off on the boxing betting odds on Saturday night. Both middleweights are reaching the end of their careers, and both are desperate for a win. Cotto is a huge favorite at -1200, while Mayorga checks in as a +600 underdog. Cotto’s WBA super middleweight title is on the line.
Cotto, 30, is a former welterweight and light welterweight champion. He’s 35-2 in his career with 28 knockouts, but many boxing pundits consider him damaged goods since getting crushed by Antonio Margarito in 2008 and Manny Pacquiao in 2009. They’re the only two losses on Cotto’s resume, and he was TKO’d both times.
The Puerto Rican bounced back with a ninth-round TKO over Yuri Foreman in June — earning him his current middleweight title — but he’s endured shoulder surgery and has a ton of personal distractions to deal with, including domestic problems and the death of his father.
Mayorga, 38, is 29-7-1 in his career with 23 wins via knockout. It’s surprising to see him take on a fight of this stature—even with Cotto’s skills fading—as the Nicaraguan has had a really tough go over the past few years.
Mayorga has lost four of his last eight fights, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent he doesn’t have the chin to box anymore. The last three losses ended in knockouts or TKO’s, meaning Mayorga is risking some serious pain for a payout on Saturday. His win over Michael Walker last December was his only fight since getting knocked out by Shane Mosley in September 2008. Rust is going to be an issue.