Mayweather vs. Cotto: 5 Lessons Manny Pacquiao Can Learn from Cotto's Success

Justin Tate@justindavidtateCorrespondent IMay 9, 2012

Mayweather vs. Cotto: 5 Lessons Manny Pacquiao Can Learn from Cotto's Success

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    Manny Pacquiao takes on Timothy Bradley on June 9, but that won't stop him from looking ahead to a future showdown with Floyd Mayweather, the fight everyone wants to see.

    After Mayweather was put through possibly the toughest fight of his career, could it be possible that Pacquiao saw that fight and may even learn something from it? Yes, quite possible.

    Here are five lessons Pacquiao could learn from Mayweather vs. Cotto.

Floyd Mayweather's Defense Is Not Impenetrable

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    Floyd Mayweather is known for his shoulder roll defense and extreme level of mobility to avoid punches. Miguel Cotto was able to hit past the shoulder roll.

    Cotto hit Mayweather with a consistent left jab even as Mayweather moved away, came forward or sat on the ropes.

    Whether Mayweather getting hit is more a sign that he's growing old or that Cotto had the right game plan to touch him is something Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach would have to determine.

Wear Pink

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    Miguel Cotto wore pink and look what it did for him. Maybe there's a secret power in rocking the awesome color.

    The last time Floyd Mayweather wore pink, he statistically blew away his opponent according to Compubox numbers.

    Manny Pacquiao could claim he's bringing awareness to breast cancer or claim his wife Jinkee made him do it so he can retain his manliness while wearing pink gloves, trunks and shoes.

Develop a Strong Left Jab

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    Miguel Cotto has always had a strong jab, but it was on full display and better than ever against Floyd Mayweather.

    The defensive genius was stuck every time he was hit with it.

    His cut nose and welted eyes were visible signs that a left jab can be the backbone to delivering Mayweather's first loss.

Floyd Mayweather's Accuracy Goes Down When Pressured Correctly

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    Floyd Mayweather's accuracy is his deadliest weapon, but that's because fighters allow Mayweather the time to pick his shots and land cleanly.

    Miguel Cotto didn't just smother Mayweather, he threw effective punches in bunches such as the left jab and hooks to the body that forced Mayweather to throw more often than he would like.

    There were numerous wild shots among these punches Mayweather threw to get Cotto off him.

    Against an opponent as fast as Manny Pacquiao, these wild shots can become fatal mistakes to be countered.

Don't Abandon Defense When Pressuring Him

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    The reason I originally picked Floyd Mayweather to end the bout with Miguel Cotto by stoppage was because I knew Cotto cuts easily and Mayweather lands clean punches.

    I figured the accurate surgeon would get a late stoppage on cuts, I was wrong. Cotto's defense was impeccable for someone his size and speed.

    Cotto could've used his left jab even more effectively, smothered Mayweather with hard bodyshots and done everything right but properly defend himself, and he wouldn't have had the same success.

    Defense helped Cotto score the victory no one thought he could: make Mayweather look just as human as the rest of boxing's best.

    And if Cotto can slip and block many of Mayweather's punches, what can a faster fighter Manny Pacquiao do?