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“Cotto will end up stopping him because he’s too big and too strong,” said Holt, quoted by Joseph Santoliquito in The Ring Magazine. “Cotto has shown he can deal with the fastest fighters in the world, beating Zab Judah and Shane Mosley. Pacquiao beat a dried-up Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton was made for him. Pacquiao’s victories definitely fooled the general public."Philstar reports:
Former WBO Lightweight champion Kendall Holt was right in saying Miguel Cotto is the bigger man and, naturally, must be the stronger man than Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao and Cotto are slated to face each other in the ring on November 14 in Las Vegas for Cotto's Welterweight Title.
Holt was also correct in stating that Cotto was able to defeat the sports' fastest fighters in Shane Mosley and Zab Judah.
But Pacquiao fooled the general public with his victories...he's going to need a better personal record than 25W-13KO-3L-2D to be credible at that.
His sentiments would be in total contradiction with Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins' statements with regards to Pacquiao.
Hopkins is a Pound for Pound List resident at 4th place, and at the age of 44 is still a force to reckon with in the sport. He's GBP's co-promoter, and his opinions with regards to an upcoming fight is sought after as for most the time, they make the most sense based on factors involved, and normally goes beyond what most pundit realize.
In an article published by Mr. Scoop Malinowski of Boxing Insider, Hopkins acclaimed Pacquiao:
“People want to see him, his culture. I think he comes across with that kind of star power,” says Hopkins. “Some fighters have it. Some fighters just have the star. Then you got star power. Then you have the fighter who just captivates the imagination of the people. This guy’s a little bit more marketable than any other fighter that’s under – including myself – that Golden Boy has, I’m not saying that nobody’s marketable. But he brings…he’s just an exciting fighter. Everybody’s paying attention to him. I know HBO is. And everybody loves his style and his fight game.”
Here we have two boxers, each having an opinion of their own with regards to Pacquiao and his impact on the sport.
Holt, a still-young fighter at the age of 28 and with only 28 professional fights under his belt. He lost on good competition he's faced, via UD against Timothy Bradley, and via TKO against Ricardo Torres. Heck, he even lost to Thomas Davis who's got more losses than victories in his record.
Hopkins, 44 years of age with 56 professional fights. Have some losses in his own record, mostly against younger and competitive fighters, who find victory over him highly significant in their own quest for greatness. On his recent fight, he schooled yet another young fighter out to make a name in his expense, and proved to the world that the path to greatness is definitely not an easy one.
It's easy to be famous, but it's definitely very difficult to be great.
Holt's obviously out for media attention and fame with his statements. He was careless with his opinion and as a result, he just made himself sound more immature than a die-hard fan. He's a boxer, he's in the game. And if he himself can not dissect the realities around him, then we can not expect him to go anywhere in his chosen sport. Hence, his infantile career status.
I find no reason to defend Pacquiao against Holt's childish criticism. The accusations are old and I'm no Pacquiao apologist.
What I find more worthy to take a good look at is how Hopkins regard Pacquiao. And it's not because the beneficiary is Pacquiao, but because the benefactor is himself an icon of the sport.
“He’s the guy to watch. In this new generation of the next new fighters they’re transitioning into now, taking that torch and taking it into the next years to come. And he’s definitely on the top as one of the superstars in boxing right now.”