Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto retained his belt after a gruesome battle with challenger Joshua Clottey last Saturday in New York City.
They boxed and they brawled. Cotto's blood was all over, and when the bout was over, he managed to get himself a mere split-decision over Clottey.
Does this put him ahead of those who were lining up to sign Manny Pacquiao for a fight? Only Top Rank honcho Bob Arum was very delighted to proclaim so.
"Dead even" was how Arum described the comparison between Cotto and Pacquiao. After Cotto's performance against Clottey, I think Pacquiao would have to be dead to make the bout even.
Cotto must assess himself very well on his vacation before jumping eagerly into the Pacman train.
By his name and his record alone, Cotto strikes awesome impressions. But recent outings tell differently. Cotto may just be a shell of what he used to be, and he may not be fully aware of it.
He didn't do well on his last two fights after Antonio Margarito devastated him.
Cotto's fight against Michael Jennings, who is considerably notches below his level, was not as impressive as expected. He looked rather thankful than triumphant, after being awarded a split-decision, which Clottey and many more protested right after.
Cotto's victory can be credited more on Clottey's failure to launch his full offensive prowess over Cotto rather than Cotto's domination of the fight.
It may not be a good idea to be matched up with the pound-for-pound king who's on a roll, and whose latest feat was literally putting to near-comatose in less than two rounds the man considered by many as "invincible" in the junior welterweight division.
Prior to that, he out-boxed Oscar De La Hoya in eight one-sided rounds that caused the man to retire—on his stool and from the sport.
Pacquiao's last three fights struck the world in awe and disbelief.
Cotto's last two fights left the world in "oh?" and disbelief that what they were seeing is short of what they expected.
That alone should be a factor for serious consideration.
Enter Pacman train's terms and conditions to launch the fight, and Cotto will have himself a business class ticket to forced retirement from the sport.