Pacquiao - The Fast And The
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
Many thought that Manny
Pacquiao (50-3-2, 37 KOs) would win his fight against Miguel
Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs). But he was not without his critics.
His doubters had said that he was involved in too many
things and that his mind was not 100% on the job at hand.
There was discord in his camp and that took a toll on him
Well, if all those things were true, than he is as strong
and gifted emotionally as he is physically. One did not have
to be a fan of boxing to appreciate the clinic put on by
Manny on Saturday night. Was this good for boxing? I think
First, let me point out that there was no trash talking,
before or after. As a friend of mine said at the conclusion
of the fight, Miguel Cotto, by being such a gentleman, added
to the quality of the fight by his post-fight interview. And
there was no bragging in Pacquiao following his victory.
Class from both men.
Cotto looked strong and solid in the first couple of rounds.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach later admitted that he was
worried when he saw that Manny was not following the game
plan, but then his Filipino wonder began to settle in. When
he did so, he also began to wreak havoc on Miguel.
Cotto was dropped in both
the third and fourth rounds by punches that he admittedly
did not see, a fact that was consistently mentioned by the
voices of HBO. In real time it was not always something one
could see, but when it was shown back, it was obvious that
Manny can fire off punches whether he appears to be off
balance, backing up, coming forward, or any combination of
Another thing that many were talking about before the
contest was the fact that Cotto is bigger than Manny. And I
must admit, Pacquiao does not look like a particularly
powerful guy. I just came back from the Professional Bull
Riding Finals a week ago and Pac-Man would have fit right in
with those men. In fact, many are bigger. So, I must say
that in this case size really doesn’t matter.
Amazingly, as the fight went on Pacquiao got stronger. You
might say that it just appeared so because Cotto was
failing, but I don’t think that was the case. As the fight
continued the only thing that Miguel could do was start to
back up. His punches, if they landed, were having no effect
on Manny what so ever. As the fight continued into the later
rounds Pacquiao seemed to look at referee Kenny Bayless as
if to ask “How much more damage do you want me to do here?”
My hat is off to Miguel
Cotto. He was not going to quit, this Puerto Rican warrior,
and if any of hs fans were disappointed or upset because he
lost the fight, they shouldn’t be. He ran into a monster in
Pacquiao; a fighter who is faster, stronger, and tougher
than anyone he has ever had to face.
Just how tough? Manny Pacquiao has now won a record seven
titles in seven different weight classes. Is he the Pound
for Pound King? After his performance Saturday night most
think so, as he is now the WBO Welterweight Champion.
Pacquiao would not compare himself with other boxing greats
such as Ali or Robinson, but Roach was quick to do so. And
when Manny said that he thought of himself as an ordinary
fighter, Freddie rapidly commented, “You’re not ordinary!”
One man who most certainly
would not think so is Floyd “Money” Mayweather. There is no
way that he would just move over and make room for the great
Filipino fighter to take over that type of notoriety. Almost
as Bayless was waving the fight off at .55 of the final
round, the name Mayweather could be heard rumbling like an
earthquake reaching a crescendo. By the time Roach got to
speak in the post-fight interview he was saying that name.
There are two things that might stand in the way of that
fight ever taking place. The first is; will Mayweather
actually agree to fight him? Secondly, the money must be
right. Floyd will not have his way with the percentages, and
if that could not be agreed upon then it won’t happen. Would
this be the fight of decade? One of the best fights in
history? Possibly. All I know is, I would not miss it!
Three other televised fights
on the card, the first being the one between Alfonso Gomez
(21-4-2, 10 KOs) and Jesus Soto Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs).
Gomez suffered a nasty cut next to his right eye caused by
an accidental head butt, and the constant flow of blood was
certainly bothersome for him. His corner was never able to
stop the bleeding, and the fight was ended in the sixth
round. Alfonso was declared the winner, as he was ahead on
all three cards at the time of the stoppage, 58-54, 57-55,
and 57-55. Soto Karass was called for two low blows during
this shortened contest with points being deducted in both
the third and fourth rounds.
Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs)
kept his win streak alive when he defeated Daniel Santos
(32-4-1, 23 KOs) in his twelve round battle. This victory
allowed him to become the new WBA Super Welterweight World
Champion. Santos was charged with two knockdowns, an iffy
one in the second round when his glove hit the ground, and a
clean knockdown by Foreman in the 12th.
The fight that was shown
just before the ‘big one’ should have been, in my opinion,
the curtain-jerker of the night. I was really looking
forward to this face-off between Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
(41-0, 30 KOs) and Troy Rowland (25-3, 7 KOs). I had wanted
to watch Chavez, Jr., but found myself losing interest and
wandering around very quickly. To be honest, I even had to
look up who his opponent was, because the name didn’t ring a
bell. Sad. Julio did win the fight convincingly, 99-91,
98-92, 97-93, and maybe I was just so looking forward to the
Pacquiao/Cotto that I was distracted. Still, one of the
other two fights would have held my interest a lot more, I
So the fight everyone was looking forward to has come and
gone. Now the hype can start for Pacquiao/Mayweather – two
totally different personalities with completely different
attitudes towards their craft. This time we had two
gentlemen from start to finish. If Manny and Floyd get to
clash we all know that won’t be the case. But hell, that
will all be part of the fun!
Be safe and God Bless
Viva La Raza,
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