A lot of the post-fight commentary pondered whether or not Cotto had mentally recovered from the Margarito knockdown. While irresistible, this speculation is somewhat silly, given that there is no way anyone really knows, aside from Cotto. But the balance of the evidence from last night doesn't support this conclusion, from Maxboxing's Gabriel Montoya:
For Cotto, who came into the fight amid questions about how he would fair following his hard lost war with Antonio Margarito, used every tactic in the book en route to a split decision victory but didn’t do much to show he hasn’t been affected by the brutality of that evening.
Why? Because he was backing up for the last few rounds? He did that against Mosley, too. And against Mohamad Abdulaev, and Margarito (though obviously with less success, at least down the stretch). Cotto often fights like that against tough guys who move forward at all costs. Other than that, we know that he fought nine championship-quality rounds with a gash as long and wide and deep as a thumb filling his eye with blood, and against one of the toughest fighters in the sport. Cotto wasn't spectacular, but no one has ever looked spectacular against Clottey. Short of a knockout, what more could he have done to show that the Margarito loss is behind him?
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