The November 14 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto dub as Fire Power is still a month to go but both fighters are now in their respective training camp trying to execute a perfect game plan for their fight. Cotto came in a month early for training against Manny to drain those extra pounds to make it to the weight limit on time. It is undeniable that team Pacquiao is thinking about an early knockout against Cotto since Miguel is a slow starter and comes out strong in the later rounds. It would be close to impossible for Manny to dominate Cotto when he got his second wind back. I think team Pacquiao knows very well that they are against an intelligent fighter. These are the reasons why team Pacquiao should not go for the knockout
-Cotto has a gifted chin
Ricardo Torres, Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito are not only power punchers but they are also pressure fighters who fought Cotto in the ring. The Margarito loss was a bit controversial while Torres ordeal only lasted 7 rounds and Clottey went for the knockout but stop punching towards the end of the fight. Bottom line is Cotto can take a punch from any welterweight out there he doesn’t only have a gifted chin he also has the resiliency to move forward.
-Cotto knows how to negate speed
Shane Mosley, Zab Judah and Paul Malignaggi are fast and quicker fighters whom Cotto fought. But Cotto gave them different angles to work and focus more on his body shots which is logically more hittable than the head. Miguel won all those fights because he figured it out how to move in against a faster fighter with precise body shots.
-Cotto is the bigger fighter
Although Manny has proven he can handle bigger fighters like Hatton and De La Hoya but Miguel Cotto doesn’t have the disadvantage both fighters have. He doesn’t have to go into the fight dehydrated or being bloated after nights of beer drinking he will be in tip top shape and will be fighting on his peak. Mayweather who believed to have gone up at 154lbs. on fight night against Marquez clearly dominated Juanma most of the fight. It was a clear mismatch of a small man being battered by a bigger and stronger fighter.
“He’s very intelligent. He keeps his distance and timing pretty well. So we have to figure out way to throw that off,” Freddie Roach said. “We’re going in there looking for 12 hard rounds. You can’t look for the knockout with this guy because he’s very resilient,” That says it all for Manny.
But given an opportunity why not… a KO win would be very rewarding but nonetheless Manny should prepare for 12 full rounds KO or not what is important is his arms raise at the end of the match.