Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto II: A Rematch Worth Watching
By Kevin Vazquez: Lets all panic and overreact together about the latest news that Manny Pacquiao’s next fight will be a rematch. Or we could first breath, then remind ourselves that rematches are a necessity to the sport of boxing, especially to those who deserve it.
Recently a big deal has been made (as usual) as to who Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent will be. It is a well deserved affect of being one of the top rated fighters in the sport.
Lately it has been a taxing venture for everyone involved in creating Pacquiao fights. Being that Pacquiao is in the second half of his career, inching toward it’s twilight; the issue now becomes the right fight, as opposed to the best fight.
Many will argue that Pacquiao has been protected all along, with Arum loading the deck in Pacquiao’s favor for every match, or mismatch. Most notably, catch weights for some of Paquiao’s more dangerous opponents.
So it’s natural that many of Pacquiao’s detesters as well as fans want more then ever to see him in against a tough, worth wild opponent.
Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on who you are and how long you’ve been a boxing fan), the Pac Man is in the rematch zone. I happen to appreciate a good rematch.
I’m rooting for a Miguel Cotto rematch at the full weight of 154 lbs. It’s probably never going to happen at full Jr Middle Weight, but a catch weight at 150 would suffice. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as tired as any one else at hearing Manny Pacquiao and catch weight in the same sentence, but how could this rematch not be intriguing?
Put the fight into perspective, but before you do that, put aside emotion and any allegiances to either fighter.
In the fist fight there remains a lingering question as to whether or not Cotto drained him self in order to make a catch weight of 145 lbs. If so, did it affect his performance? Did Pacquiao fight the best version of one of the top rated fighters in the sport?
What about Cotto’s corner? Did his trainer or lack there of, affect his performance? Cotto was also dealing with massive personal strife. Struggling with turmoil in his relationship with his then, life long trainer; Cotto’s uncle Evangelista Cotto. A rift that resulted in punches thrown and legal issues.
In the hay day of boxing rematches were not looked at with disdain, rematches were welcomed, popular and excepted as part of the sport. Whether or not your a fan of Miguel Cotto, this question will always linger; did Manny Pacquiao fight the best version of Miguel Cotto?
I can guarantee it’s a question that is haunting Pacquiao. If it wasn’t, why was a Cotto rematch his second choice after Floyd Mayweather, before agreeing to fight Timothy Bradley? Why is Cotto so high on Pacquiao’s list now?
Sure we can say money, but I believe Pacquiao feels he didn’t face the best of Cotto, and he wants to try his hand at it now.
Either way Pacquiao Vs. Cotto II is better then Pacquiao Vs. Marquez IV