Two days before fight night I usually give my fearless forecast in any big fights but the Cotto-Pacquiao fight I already made mine months before, even days before each fighter went to training camp. I wrote about the Pacquiao-Cotto aftermath the two what ifs (http://sportsalchemist.com/?p=409) and I wrote about each fighter sparring partners which eventually made a difference. No disrespect to Kenny Abril and Fred Tukes but the two with only a combine winning record of 16 wins is far out different from bigger and much experienced fighters such as Jose Luis Castillo, Urbano Antillon and undefeated middleweight Shawn Porter who sometimes rock Manny during hard sparring sessions. The coach spells a lot of difference and so Manny made history.
I thought if Manny wins he will have a hard fought split decision win against Cotto but the manner he slowly dismantled a legitimate Welterweight was very shock and astonishing. The early rounds saw Cotto with some great punches and quick defense against Manny. Miguel won the first round but after the feeling out round Manny took the fight all the way to the 12th round with two knockdowns in round 3 and 4. The last few rounds saw Cotto on survival mode deciding to back pedal rather than to engage against Manny’s onslaught. This is a validation for Manny’s greatness he did not only win against a legitimate and bigger fighter he won it in an astounding fashion. There are no excuses anymore of being dehydrated or tailor made fights we are not talking about an ordinary 147 pound fighter we are talking about a fighter who fought the whos who of boxing such as Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito. Manny is not only the best Asian boxer but belongs as one of the top echelon of boxing’s greatest boxers of all time.
The fans applaud Manny with some chants “We want Floyd” referring to the self proclaimed pound per pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. A fight with Floyd will be the biggest fight in boxing in our generation but from the looks of it Floyd will just continue to duck Manny as well as other great boxers who he feels could stain his legacy. What legacy?
Manny made history grabbing his 7th championship title in 7 weight divisions a feat no other boxer has achieved. This isn’t a coincidence or pure luck this is what we call hard work and discipline and Manny epitomized all of that. Manny made history by fighting Barrera, Morales, De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto it is pure hard work and determination and he is now reaping the fruits of his labor.
Congratulations Manny you deserved it. Bring on Floyd… “We want Floyd…We want Floyd…”