Originally Posted by BigReg
I'll be hard. Floyd is a 5 division champ and did it under 10 years. Cotto clearly won't do this(he would have to win a smw title to be a 5 division champ). Also, Cotto is almost 27, has only 2 paper titles to his name, and his best win was against a guy that Floyd dusted off a year earlier. By the Time Floyd was 27 he had won 2 legit titles, and had beaten Castillo twice, Corrales, Jesus Chavez, and Carlos and Genaro Hernandez. Here is where Cotto has chance though. Since turning 27 Floyd's only good wins were against Judah and De La Hoya. The WW division is loaded right now and Cotto has the chance to add some good names to his resume. Furthermore, it's possible for Cotto to win a title at 154. Being a 3 division champ and beating say.. Margarito, Clotty,Mosely, and Berto(in a year or two when he's ready), and 1 or 2 top tier JMW could put Cotto past Mayweather.
You make so really good points, but IMO being a 5 weight world champion doesn't really enhance legacy, otherwise Oscar would be the best ever. Its who you fight. And Cotto has a great chance to fight some of the best in Floyd, Hatton, Mosley, Marg, Oscar ect. Even if he loses to one of these guys, provided he wins most he could end up being better then floyd. Floyd did start his career stronger, but really wasted most of his prime on Gatti, Brussels, Baldomir, Mitchell ect who didn't do anything for his resume apart from their titles.