The finishing touches for the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto Fight is in the final stages. If and when this fight materializes, it is best for Cotto to heed this simple advise: watch out for Manny Pacquiao's right hooks and them some!
This extraordinary punch from a very ordinary stance is Pacquiao's secret when he demolished Ricky Hatton in merely two rounds of their celebrated fight.
I saw it coming. Team Pacquiao was really into something big going into that fight with Ricky Hatton, and then boom! The wicked right hook landed when Hatton was concentrating on MP's left hand.
And then Boom! Boom! The Right hand kept on coming! It even scored the first knock-down!
And when Ricky Hatton shifted his focus from MP's left hand to that new weapon which is MP's right hand...boom! The left hand finished the job in spectacular fashion.
And to think that MC's chin is suspect doubles the risk for Puerto Rico's most brilliant star.
Cotto could try to penetrate MP's defenses and attack the body early. Most likely, MP will not be in his best form for the fight. Concentrating on local politics to the national concerns (as he was made the Ambassador for Peace and Understanding by no less than the President of the Philippines), MP will have plenty distractions.
Secondly, MP is locally known as a party boy. He might just miss a little concentration on this very important preparation for his fight.
Of course, we all know that MP's recent fights were all models of a boxer's dedication to training. But perhaps MP could just miss a step or two.
And then, boom!
Cotto could take advantage of the situation and give MP an ugly loss. Add to these potential distractions the perennial domestic problem on money matters—the first, with the people around MP at home and the second is his financial relations with Bob Arum.
Not many Filipinos are aware that in Pacquiao's latest fight against Hatton, which was supposed to be 50-50 split, was not really. MP took home around $12 million from that fight.
And RH? Well, for losing miserably, Hatton took home almost double what Pacquiao got—$ 23 million! Why? Well, we could only ask the kind of arrangement that MP entered with Bob Arum.
As Lord Hughey wrote in his comments in Bleacher Report, this boxing promoter Bob Arum is under investigation for game fixing by the FBI. And no less than four searches were conducted in his office by the FBI agents after receiving information that this promoter is into game fixing. This situation could take MP's concentration in the preparation for the MC fight.
MP is not invincible, as many of us MP fans fail to realize. If there should be any weakness in MP's armor, the foregoing could be a short list. But of course, not necessarily in that order.
But then again, MC has many weaknesses himself. The catch weight of 144 lbs or 145 lbs can work against the Puerto Rico's superstar. He is a natural big welterweight and reducing his body weight to an agreed catch weight could do him in.
And if there is anything sure about this fight, it is the tenacity of the fighters and the brutality of the fight that is most likely to happen.
A cut on MC is not a far possibility. And so does a possibility on MP. And a good return on the gates and the PPV could also add the possibility of a return bout.
Let us wait and watch for a possible classic fight. Two ring warriors with different fighting styles trying to outwit and out-fight each other on top of the ring.
This is the coming MP-MC fight.