Before I say anything, let me just preface this by saying that prior to May 5, 2012, I have always believed that Floyd Mayweather would defeat Manny Pacquiao if they were to ever step into the ring. However, after Miguel Cotto's performance, I now give the edge to Pacquiao.
Cotto was able to get inside on Floyd and rough him up in spots. Cotto was able to get to Floyd's body and was able to push Floyd to the limit, something that hasn't been done in quite some time to Floyd.
I think that if Cotto was a little bit faster and utilized his jab a little bit more, that this fight could've truly been up for grabs. But, I wouldn't want to knock Cotto for what was a spirited effort. If Pacquiao can follow this game plan, he'll defeat Floyd.
Pacquiao has extremely fast hands and excellent power. The punches thrown by Cotto that just missed Floyd will land when Pacquiao throws them. Pacquiao is much more explosive than Cotto and I believe that Pacquiao would simply overwhelm Floyd with activity.
Tonight's events showed that Floyd is vulnerable, and that he can be roughed up. Pacquiao will need to utilize his jab in order to get inside on Mayweather, but Freddie Roach knows this and he'll get him ready with the right game plan.
Quite honestly, when Freddie Roach sees the tape of this fight, he's going to be chomping at the bit to get in the ring against Mayweather. Roach no doubt will have more material to come up with the proper strategy to defeat Floyd.
So, I guess I will go on record here and say that based off of Miguel Cotto's effort, in which he was able to get to Floyd Mayweather and land some solid shots, that Manny Pacquiao would defeat Floyd Mayweather if they ever step into a boxing ring.
First, the Pacman must get through Tim Bradley on June 9th, in a fight where Bradley is being underestimated and stands a great chance. But that's a story for another day.
Follow me on Twitter: @rlongo924