Pac Man Wins, The Only Fight Now Is Not For Money

Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel CottoLet me gloat. Ha… ha… ha. I could see Jim Lampley’s head buried in his pillow early Sunday morning crying himself to sleep after Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao became a select few of all time boxers to win a title in seven different weight classes. That’s right. Mayweather hasn’t done that. Did I mention that fight has to happen?

It was Pacquiao – Cotto, Cotto, at natural weight, a 147 pound boxer taking on a guy who started his career at 107 pounds. Pacquiao has now won titles from Flyweight to Welterweight, and in his last five fights he has beaten Marquez, David Diaz, De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto, stopping four of the five.

When the fight was nearing end, while Cotto blatantly “ran” from Pacquiao, Lampley said, “Will Cotto ever be great again?” When was he great? I thought?. When he almost got knocked out by Demarcus Corley in his hometown of Peurto-Rico. Was it the substance of opposition? He fought guys with names at the right time, did I say names? Look at these guys Cotto was fighting… Maussa, Sosa, N’Dou, Pinto, Baily, Abdullaev, Torres, Branco, Urkal, Gomez, and there’s more. I will say, however, he beat feather fisted Paul Malignaggi, an off and on C plus level Quintana, a Judah who everyone already beat, and then an old Mosley that he ran from. Then he tried running from Margarito, plaster in gloves or not, Margarito cut off the ring, and Cotto couldn’t run anymore, just like this past Saturday Night. But he was somehow, when he was undefeated, given a pass to “greatness” or at least being called great, a “warrior” – the Puerto Rican idol. I wish Doug Fischer was still taking mail at Maxboxing, I’d love to hear his response, as I told him over the years, over and over, that Miguel Cotto was nothing but a mythical HBO creation. And the people of the boxing world also helped with the creation. And when Cotto stepped it up in class, he beat Mosley, with the method of running and hitting, he got stopped by Margarito, he won a fight a lot of people thought he lost, against Clottey, and then… he went to fight the best, Pacquaio, but he’s much bigger than Pacquiao. Pacquiao may be the jr. welterweight champ right now, but he only had one previous fight at welterweight, and he came from Flyweight. So what was gonna happen?

Cotto came out looking strong, looking like he had a plan, putting out a stiff jab, moving towards Pacquiao, but then we got to see some of the great speed by the “Pac Man.” His combination punching, speed and power kills all, and dropped Cotto twice in the early rounds. Cotto’s face would go on to get battered and bloodied, and his corner was more-so giving him survival instructions instead of any instructions to win the fight, and for the last few rounds, Cotto basically ran from the Pac Man, Pacquaio even dropping his gloves and looking at the referee incredulously, like, “Isn’t this a boxing match?” It was nothing like Dirrell and Froch in their Super Six match, Dirrell moved a lot, and backed up a lot, but he was scoring, and Froch’s idiotic comment, “He wouldn’t trade with me” was a testament to how dumb he is… he does not have to trade with you, it’s a boxing match, a sport, not a fistfight. But hell, Cotto was blatantly running away. They almost stopped it a few times, Cotto’s dad was ready after eleventh round, but let him go, and in the twelfth he was running, and Pacquio caught him on the ropes and the ref stopped it. At that point I felt bad for Cotto, all that running and the ref stops it in the last round, I think he deserved to finish, but hell, chalk up another stoppage in the welterweight category for the Pac Man, who is 2 – 0 with 2 knockouts, against Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto – not too bad, huh?

The Pac Man would fail to answer the obvious question Merchant was asking. But Freddie Roach answered it… what do you think the question was? Who do you want next? Pacquaio, a seven division champ, undisputed jr weltwerweight champ, undefeated at welterweight, at 50-3-2 (since 1999 and being with Freddie Roach he is 24-1-2, only losing a decision to Eric Morales who he knocked out two times after, and going from jr. featherweight., 122, to Welterweight, 147 in that time) needs an opponent. Let’s think… well, you come up with 40-0 big mouth “Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather – but Sugar Shane Mosley called him out after his victory over Marquez, well, Mosley will now be facing undefeated Andre Berto. So who would Mayweather fight next? Clottey? It HAS to be Pacquiao vs Mayweather… let me build it up…

Mayweather is a champion in five weight divisions. Manny is a champ in seven. Mayweather, in ’07, retired, and was ranked at the time, number 1 pound for pound fighter. Right now Pacquiao is ranked number 1 pound for pound fighter. Both of their last matches were at Welterweight. They have three common opponents. Marquez, De La Hoya, and Hatton. Pacquiao fought Marquez twice, first time, even though he knocked down Marquez three times in the first round, they fought to a draw. In their rematch Manny won a split decision. Mayweather easily beat Marquez. Pacquiao made De la Hoya quit after six rounds. Mayweather won by a split decision. Pacquiao KO’d Hatton in two rounds. Mayweather KO’d Hatton in ten. So we’ve got two guys that claim to be the best boxer in the world, at welterweight, at the right time. Can you think Leonard – Hearns? Trinidad – De La Hoya? All the great Welterweight fights. This has to happen.

As for Cotto. I want him to fight Kermit Cintron. He should move up to Jr Middle, anyway, there’s nothing left for him at welter.

Robert Earle Stanton is a freelance writer, short fiction author and novelist.

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