Let 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.
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…
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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