Originally Posted by kg0208
Yes, but lets be realistic.
Baldomir, Gatti, and Ndou were certainly on the same level as the fighters that Cotto has already beaten. Ndou is certainly every bit as good (or was) and was higher ranked than most of the fighters Cotto has fought. We are judging PBF by a different standard than Cotto.
The original question is can he pass PBF. I answered he certainly has a shot.
However, Nova says that Cotto has fought great opposition. I don't believe he has and that's entirely different than what the thread starter asked, which is what the post you quoted is addressing. He has fought some good fighters, but no great ones. And we aren't sure how good those fighters are. Malignaggi, Maussa, etc.....compare them to Gatti, Baldomir, etc. They are at the very least equal, and probably favor PBF a bit considering that Baldomir beat Cotto's best win so far. In other words, they can't "blow it" for PBF's resume, but the same level fighter enhances Cotto's.
We can tell how good some are just by watchint their ability and skill level however, you don't need concrete paper wins JUST YET to tell that a fighter is better than another...
And I already gave examples on how the highly regarded and overrated Clottey would make little difference and how Judah is a superior victory than Margarito.