It appears that there isn’t going to be a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. any time soon, and I already ranted about it in my previous post, so perhaps it’s high time that we all moved on. Frankly, the guys behind this shit are done screwing me, and I won’t even bother with any so-called report about a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight unless I already see those two guys inside a boxing ring together trying to bash each other’s heads in.
That said, it seems that the most likely opponent for Pacquiao is Miguel Cotto. If that’s the case, then I don’t think I’ll be shelling out any of my hard-earned money just so I could watch the fight live. I’d rather watch the free replay on network TV. Maybe.
So why don’t I think this fight is worth watching? In a previous post, I already said my piece, that there won’t be a big clamor for that fight. But let me add a few more reasons.
First, the first fight wasn’t even close—Pacquiao thoroughly destroyed Cotto. So why the need for a rematch? This is not a knock on Cotto’s skills—Miguel is a very, very good boxer—but Pacquiao is just a stylistic nightmare for the Puerto Rican. Cotto cannot handle Pacquiao’s speed, and I see another stoppage win for Pacquiao.
Second, Pacquiao already said that he won’t fight Cotto above 147 pounds. Problem is, Cotto is already campaigning at 154, and he would need to drain himself just to go down to 147. Cotto is already at a disadvantage speed-wise, and he will be fighting Pacquiao after dehydrating himself to make weight. It’s possible that the weight cut might drastically affect Cotto’s strength and stamina come fight night. If the first fight was one-sided in favor of Pacquiao, the rematch would be a massacre—Cotto is going to get the worst ass-whooping of his life. Let’s call a spade a spade: Pacquiao won’t fight Cotto at his natural weight; Manny wants a dehydrated Cotto so it would be easier pickings for him. Is that a fight true boxing fans want to see?
Third, I don’t want to say this, but I think Pacquiao picked Cotto instead of Juan Manuel Marquez—a fighter he has some unfinished business with—because Manny is afraid of the Mexican. Let’s all be honest here: Pacquiao has had difficulty with Marquez for three fights now, and I don’t think he wants to be anywhere near Marquez.
The point is, the Cotto rematch doesn’t do anything to improve Pacquiao’s legacy. If anything, it takes something away from it. In a perfect world, Pacquiao would be itching to get back at Marquez and settle the score once and for all, to knock Marquez out and erase all doubts, and not go after a fighter he beat convincingly the first time and whom he knows he will destroy again the second time.
Miguel Cotto will face Manny Pacquiao, a fighter who beat him to a pulp in their first fight. Cotto will step up to the plate against Pacquiao again even though he knows there’s a big possibility that he’d get beaten up again. We don’t know if Cotto will do it just for the money or if he really thinks he has a chance of beating Pacquiao, but that’s really irrelevant. What’s important is this: Cotto still has the cojones to do it.
Here’s the sad thing: with this recent development, it seems that we can no longer put the words “Manny Pacquiao” and “cojones” together in the same sentence especially if the words “Juan Manuel Marquez” are already attached to that sentence. It seems to me that Pacquiao tends to lose his cojones when it’s Marquez that he’s fighting.
It’s short of calling Manny Pacquiao a coward, but what can I say?
It’s calling a spade a spade.
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