By Lou “Cinder” Block
I have to say there is no excuse from me, Miguel Cotto got beat by Manny Pacquiao! But that wasn’t a tough task especially knowing that Cotto tends to fade and like Freddie Roach said Cotto has never been the same since the Antonio Margarito fight.
I still question why they didn’t show the unofficial weights, maybe cotto came in light? I wasn’t really impressed with Pacquiao performance wise, he didn’t show the elusiveness he had against a shot Oscar De La Hoya and David Diaz. Miguel played into Pacquiao’s game by coming forward early and trying to muscle up Pacman and paid for it.
What did impress me was the ability for Manny to take a real welterweight punch. Manny looked like he was taking some PCP or stimulants he was just eating heavy shots and smiling. It reminded me of the first Alexis Arguello vs. Aaron Pryor boxing match, when Panama Lewis asked for the special bottle that he mixed, which could suggest the bottle had some stimulants in it to give Pryor a second boost. In that fight Pryor walked through everything Arguello threw at him and took him out in the later rounds, but in a much more impressive fashion than what Pacman did to Cotto.
How could Cotto really have a fighting chance when he fought without a trainer. Joe Santiago was useless in the corner, there was a moment in the fight when Miguel’s dad had to come up to the ring and give his son advice. It is very hard to fight a guy like Pacquiao who is all over the place without a proper trainer or training camp.
I give Pacman credit for the victory, but he still has some questions to be answered, like how would he do against a slick Black fighter? I would like to see him against a prime guy who will have a complete camp with the proper trainer and game plan.
That fighter is Floyd Mayweather Jr., Money Mayweather will not fight Pacman’s fight. Mayweather will use his supreme boxing brain and outsmart and out class the Filipino Fireball. I keep saying this sweet science is a game or skill and technique. A come forward aggressor like Manny Pacquiao would be an easy fight for Floyd.
Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao must happen! I put my money on Mayweather Jr. the greatest fighter of this decade and possibly the best of all times.
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