Pacquiao Stays Focused In Ring To Break Down Cotto
12th Round TKO Gives Him Lucky # 7
By William Trillo
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
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WBO Welterweight Champ Miguel Cotto came out looking sharp early
against the fiery quick Pacquiao and was looking to make
Manny regret facing him. For a time early in the fight
this one had the makings of fight of the year all over
Going into round three the fight turned to Cotto’s favor and
by anyone’s account he was easily winning the round with
strong jabs and straight counters. Out of seemingly nowhere
Manny hit Cotto with shots Cotto said he never saw and just
like that Cotto was down.
The round that should have been one in the tank for the
Champ was suddenly a 10-8 round for the challenger Pacquiao.
In an instant the boisterous Puerto Rican fans in the house
were on the edge of their seats with concern.
Round 4 saw Cotto come out of his corner more determined
than ever as he took it to the tough Filipino fighter and
again Miguel was clearly having his way. Like some sort of
bad dream or a version of the movie “Groundhogs Day”,
Miguel Cotto suddenly found himself on the end of punches
he never saw followed by another trip to the unforgiving
Cotto would give it his best in the following round and he
proved himself a true warrior throughout the fight but the
writing was on the wall…Manny was not to be denied.
The tell tale sign in this writers opinion was when all else was
falling short for Cotto and he switched to the southpaw stance
in an effort to try to get anything to stop the Pacman
gobbling. It didn’t work and just like the Ghosts in the
arcade game, Cotto began to run to escape Pacman’s ferocious
Freddie Roach predicted this fight would end in round 9 but
much to the proud Puerto Ricans credit he not only lasted
through 9, a round he won on 2 scorecards by the way, but went on to give it his best in 10 and
11…the trouble was the best he could do was try to stay as far
away from Manny as possible.
Wanting to finish on his feet the gallant Cotto answered
the bell for round 12 but Manny had other plans for
Cotto’s finale and after the 55 second mark referee
Kenny Bayless saw a no win situation for Cotto and he
brought the fight to a merciful halt.
The fallen champ was beaten and a new 147 pound champ has
risen. His name is Manny Pacquiao and no one can deny he is
one of the greatest boxing showmen of all time.
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