Antonio Margarito dismantled Miguel Cotto last year. Turns out there’s a chance he had plasters in his gloves.
Manny Pacquiao, to our knowledge, didn’t have plaster or any illegal substances in his gloves. He moved up in weight to fight a top-tier opponent yet again. The Filipino flat-out dominated his opponent while making the weight sacrifice. Again.
Pacquiao stopped 34-1 Miguel Cotto in the 12th round by TKO (ref stoppage) to win Cotto’s welterweight title. Several years ago he was a flyweight champion that nobody had even heard of.
Now he’s one of the biggest names in boxing and one of the all-time greats. To destroy Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales (twice), Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, and now Miguel Cotto (4 different weight classes here) is an amazing feat.
Miguel Cotto was bloodied, battered, cut and bruised. He was the beaten man and he wasn’t exactly terrible. The Puerto Rican caught Pacquiao with several combinations and Pac-man just walked through them. Cotto is one of the best punchers in boxing and he still couldn’t faze Pacquiao significantly. It was relatively even until…
Pacquiao knocked Cotto down twice. Once in the 3rd and once in the 4th. While Cotto wasn’t severely damaged Pacquiao was the superior boxer and started the takeover. He was winning the trades and flurries they exchanged.
The accumulation of punches was too much for Cotto and after 2 rounds of backpedalling for his life, he finally got bashed with a left hook to the head, and Kenny Bayless stopped it in the final round.
Only one thing left now, and it’s for Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather in what would be one of the biggest fights boxing has ever had. Two of the sport’s greats have to face each other now. They just have to.
Great performance by Pacquiao, and kudos to Cotto for respecting Pac-man in the post-fight interview.