With barely a month to go before firepower kicks off and I believed the key for winning would be preparation. The well prepared will come out as the better fighter. I took each fighter with equal opportunity and I see both of them winning against the other but looking at each preparation Manny has the edge in terms of sparring partners. I am not saying Miguel Cotto had the wrong set of sparring partners but definitely team Pacquiao has done their assessment very well.
Maybe hiring Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa wasn’t such a good thing for Cotto. El Gato does not punch as hard as Manny and he came out kissing the canvass on the fourth round against Randall Bailey on his last fight. The only similarity with Figueroa and Manny is they are both southpaw fighters. Now team Cotto is looking for a new replacement with only Kenny Abril (9-3-1 with 5KOs) the 25 year old light welterweight who never fought a named fighter on his record and Fred Tukes (7-1-1, 5KOs) the 36 year old fighter who fought opponents with more losses than wins except for Max Skayzer who was 3-0 and ended the fight with a draw. Maybe team Cotto doesn’t care much about sparring partners and they are more focusing about little details that could open up Manny’s defense in short they are merely hiring sacrificial lambs. While Manny Pacquiao’s camp is singing a different tune with Shawn Porter the light middleweight fighter who packs a great power on both hands and still at 21 years old with a perfect 10-0 record with 8KOs who gave Manny some problems earlier on their sparring session. Urbano Antillon (26-1, 19 KOs) is Manny’s mainstay sparring partner who have to flew back to LA and was replaced by a sturdy Mexican veteran who have an amazing record at 60-9-1 with 52 KOs Jose Luis Castillo. Both fighters are working hard and no question about their work ethic but Manny is benefiting more on his sparring partners “I Work hard through the pain because if you work hard everything will come out easy in the fight” said Manny.
When I was in school it took me a belt beating and some spanking before I study or finish my assignments but having studied and ready… exams are just a piece of cake… between Manny and Cotto there is no doubt Manny is much prepared going to war. He just exemplifies the definition of no pain no gain…
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