Firepower | Pacman Rewrites HistoryCategory: Boxing
At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA this November 14, 2009, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will try to rewrite history and get a record-breaking 7th world title in as many divisions. Pacquiao is hoping to break the tie with boxing legend Oscar dela Hoya who has won six world titles in six different weight divisions.
In his way? WBO welterweight champion Miguel “Junito” Cotto, Jr. who has suffered only one defeat in his 35-bout career.
The two will meet in a boxing event titled “Firepower”.
Filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) has won titles in six weight divisions from 112 to 140 pounds beating the likes of Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera and Ricky Hatton and is on a 10-fight winning streak.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rican Miguel “Junito” Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) owns the WBO welterweight belt and successfully defended it against Joshua Clottey. His only loss is to Antonio Margarito, who had his boxing license suspended after putting hardened plasters inside his gloves before a bout. The legitimacy of his win over Cotto is now being questioned.
In Cotto, Pacquiao will be facing the biggest opponent of his career.
Pacquiao might have already defeated another welterweight in Oscar dela Hoya but at age 35, the “Golden Boy” was already past his prime at that time and he was drained trying to shed pounds just to make the weight limit.
At 28, Cotto is undoubtedly in his prime. He is also two years younger than Manny, has fought at welterweight since 2006 and has gone into the ring at fight night as high at 160 lbs. Pacquiao has never weighed more than 148 lbs at fight night. That’s a significant weight advantage for Cotto right there.
Manny Pacquio’s hand speed and footwork will make the difference in this fight. Cotto might be stronger but if he can’t hit Pacquiao, his power will be nullified. I think Pacquiao will always dart in to deliver a jab and be quickly out of harm’s way before Cotto can even throw a punch.
If that happens, Cotto will be frustrated which will ultimately lead to his downfall.
I predict a knockout win by Pacquiao in the 6th Round.
UPDATE: Manny Pacquiao gets to rewrite history by becoming the only boxer in history to capture 7 world titles in 7 weight divisions. He beat Miguel Cotto via 12th Round TKO.
Here is the Pacquiao vs Cotto fight video:
You can also watch the Pacquiao vs Cotto highlights.
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