Saturday, November 14, 2009

Manny Pacquiao Gives Miguel Cotto A Beating!

Manny Pacquiao is now undoubtedly the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Manny is simply awesome, and secured himself tonight as an all time great!

The fight turned out pretty much how I envisioned it -- Pacquiao having the speed advantage and his superior stamina/output being the key to victory. There were a few treats along the way:

Manny Pacquiao took some blistering shots from Miguel Cotto - a full fledged, hard hitting welterweight - and walked through them like they were nothing. It cannot be ignored; Manny has a strong chin at welterweight! He also carries his power extremely well. Pac put Cotto down twice and hurt him throughout the contest. Towards the latter half of the bout, Miguel Cotto was reduced to having to back up constantly, due to Pacquiao's relentlessness.

The fight was finally stopped by the referee in round 12, but truth be told, I thought the fight should have been stopped a couple of rounds earlier.

Kudos to Miguel Cotto for showing heart and taking the punishment he did. He has nothing to be ashamed of; he lost to the (as of right now) best boxer on the planet. Ricky Hatton can testify to that!

What have we learned? Well, for starters, Manny Pacquiao has welterweight power with speed to boot. He hasn't lost his speed. His stamina is still there. But the most surprising lesson learned from the fight has to be Manny's chin. Leading up to the fight, I never envisioned, that Pac would be able to walk through Cotto's shots. This is Miguel Cotto we're talking about - a big welterweight who's always packed a punch!

This fight lived up to expectation. It was action packed, exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat. Boxing won tonight.

Besides Manny Pacquiao being the pound for pound number one fighter on the planet, he's also the most exciting fighter on the planet - something Floyd Mayweather Jr. will never have the privilege of saying about himself.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to happen in 2010. It would be a travesty to boxing if it didn't! This is a fight that could potentially put boxing back in the mainstream and possibly be the highest grossing fight in the history of the sport. The fight would be a gold-mine for promoters and the two boxers because of the hype leading up to the clash. In other words; I don't think you'll have to twist Mayweather's arm in order to see this fight. If he's the savvy business man he proclaims himself to be, he already sees the writing (money) on the wall.

Floyd Mayeather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao - 2010. Let's make it happen!

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