Letter from Benny, Cotto versus Mayorga

Once again, Benny Ricardo, the ex-NFL kicker, everyone’s favorite play by play color analyst (Football and Boxing), plus stand-up comic sent us a line. His latest words of wisdom concern the upcoming PPV fight on Saturday.

Benny Ricardo:

Is Saturday’s PPV event between Miguel Cotto (35-2) and Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1) worth buying and stocking up on ‘goodies’ for a party?  Ok the short answer is: “No way Jose!” A better question should be ‘why is it on PPV?’


The answer to that one is it’s part of the deal that Showtime made to secure the rights to Pacquiao vs. Mosley. On the surface this should be a “no brainer.” Cotto’s two loses came at the hands of Antonio Margarito who probably had loaded hands and Manny Pacquiao.

Since 2003, Mayorga has had a diet of win one, then loose one. He’s lost to Cory Spinks, Felix Trinidad, Oscar de La Hoya and Shane Mosley while beating guy’s that could be classified as “usual suspects.”

Don King, Mayorga’s promoter, is predicting, “I think Ricardo will knockout Cotto. Case closed. He’ll do what he has to do because he wants Pacquiao.”

King is partially correct, Mayorga will do what he has to which in the past has bordered on the bizarre, but win? Not likely. To quote Jim Cramer on CNBC’s Mad Money this fight is a “NOT BUY.”

Another reason not to buy Cotto-Mayorga is you can watch Sergio Martinez (46-2-2) against Sergy Dzinziruk (37-0) on HBO for FREE. As the Lord of the Manor always say’s “FREE is GOOD.” This one from the Garden, that is Madison Square, is for the WBC Middleweight title. It holds promise to be fan friendly as the boxers have combined for 48 KOs. In his last two, Martinez has beaten Kelly Pavlik and then reversed his loss to Paul Williams with a stunning second round KO. Pavlik returns to action on the under card of Pacquiao-Mosley on May 7 against Alfonso Lopez (21-0). As the Owl says, “WHO?” Pavlik has been out of action battling a drinking problem. The Lord of the Manor use to have a drinking problem. Now he lives in Nevada where the bars never close. Now? No problem?


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