So many people are quick to jump on to the Manny Pacquiao bandwagon. Yeah sure he's 49(37)-3-2, and yeah sure he is fast but, he is not going to win his next fight in November. So, who is the lucky man that is going to, defeat - if not KO- Manny Pacquiao? That would be Miguel Cotto, 34(27)-1-0.
I had the pleasure of being present (and sitting incredibly close to the ring) at Cotto's last fight at Madison Square Garden against Joshua Clottey. While I personally believe that Clottey won that fight, Cotto was nonetheless impressive. Managing to go the distance with a vicious cut over his eye. This showed us all that Cotto is not just a brawler; he is a fighter.
Additionally, I had the pleasure to be in Houston, Tx in August for the infamous Malignaggi- Diaz (personally I cannot wait for the rematch which will probably take place in December- however I'll believe it when I see it) fight during which Judge Gale Van Hoy helped to rob Malignaggi of a win. However this is neither here nor there. The important thing is I got to hear what guys like Malignaggi and Zab Judah think of Miguel Cotto. And apparently, no one punches harder than Mr. Cotto does. Getting punched in the face by Cotto, I'm told, is like getting hit in the face so hard that your jaw locks up. Completely.
Lastly, I recently got to talking with a friend of mine, a boxing match maker, who confirmed my belief that Cotto is too strong for Pacquiao. He says that in the overwhelming majority of fights where one guy is much bigger and the other is faster, the bigger man wins the fight. I do not believe that Cotto Pacquiao is going to be much different.
If I were a betting man, I would put money on a Cotto knock out. Yes. Thats right, I ultimately believe that as soon as Cotto catches up to Manny, and he will, it'll be over.