There are two sides in a coin, and for every competition there’s always a winner and a loser. It’s still 2 months before the actual clash of Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto but the hype and anticipation has already been felt throughout the boxing world and fanatics like me this would be the most anticipated match throughout 2009 and is sure to be the fight of the year candidate. Fast forward let’s try to picture out two scenarios on the Pacquiao-Cotto aftermath and try to assess each of the two “What ifs” possible scenario.
What if Cotto wins?
The stronger and bigger fighter of the two, Cotto would be the toughest opponent of Manny throughout his career. We all know what Manny’s plan would be… To fight Cotto with speed, giving him different angles and overwhelming him with punches but like what Zab Judah and Shane Mosley have failed to see is that Cotto is a very intelligent fighter who negates their speed with precise jabs and bodyshots.
If Cotto wins it gives him a golden ticket to book him a fight between the winner of the Marquez-Mayweather fight this Saturday. This would also set Manny Pacquiao’s political aspirations on a level high and we might see the last of Manny lacing up his gloves unless Marquez wants to settle the score between them setting up a trilogy next year. Cotto will definitely redeem himself from his only loss against the hands of Antonio Margarito although redemption has already been made in a form of illegal hand wrap which banned Margarito indefinitely from boxing. Cotto will be the top dog; the highest level of the food chain and fights will line up for him I could already think of the upcoming fights like a Cotto-Mayweather, Cotto-Paul Williams or a rematch between Cotto and Mosley and why not a Margarito-Cotto duel minus the illegal handwrap.
What if Manny wins?
Manny could have chosen a safer opponent but safe doesn’t exist in Manny’s vocabulary there are no safe opponents only worthy ones and Cotto is more than worthy to give him a real fight. If Manny escapes a W this time then it would propel him to greater heights a level once shared by Boxing’s great like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. But first things first he will have to climb one of the steepest mountain in boxing it’s no gimme fight and Cotto is sure to give Manny the toughest fight of his career. Speed can be one factor but so is Manny’s two fisted power. One common factor that Oscar Delahoya and Ricky Hatton shares is that they underestimated Manny’s power and thought they can handle a smaller man’s onslaught. That’s why Oscar gave up after rounds of frustration… that’s why Ricky Hatton went in with reckless abandon and tasted the canvass in return. Miguel Cotto knows that pretty well and he should prepare for a battle when that ring bell sounds from start to finish. Naturally Manny will have to fight the Marquez-Mayweather winner. That’s why he is boxing’s biggest catch because he continues to fight the top level of opposition.
The two “What ifs” a Manny or a Cotto win… both fighters deserve it either way… when we talk about the two sides of the coin, heads or tails we forgot it’s still a coin anyways. Win or lose everybody is still a winner.