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Manny Pacquiao Rewrites Boxing History With Win Over Cotto

Updated on July 1, 2012

Pacquiao captured his seventh world title in seven different weight classes, the first in the sports.


Whenever boxing icon Manny Pacquiao enters the ring, expect the daily life of Filipinos to be halted as they are glued to their television to watch the planet’s undisputed pound-for-pound king struts his wares in the world stage.

True to form Manny Pacquiao fondly called as “Pambansang Kamao,” an emblem bestowed by his countryman to him meaning, “The National Fist,” cuts the bigger and heftier Miguel Cotto down to size in the penultimate 12th round of their WBO welterweight championship bout to become the first boxer to win an unprecedented seven world titles in seven weight divisions, the first, greatest and most by any boxer in the annals of boxing history.

The overpowering victory of Pacquiao over Cotto added another decoration on Pacquiao’s growing collection of different weight class titles: flyweight, super bantamweight, feather weight, super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight.

Moreover, Pacquiao added Cotto to his lists of great fighter he has smothered: Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Oscar Dela Hoya.

Highlights of Pacquiao fight against the taller Cotto.

Manny Pacquiao raising the WBC welterweight championship belt he wrested from Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao raising the WBC welterweight championship belt he wrested from Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao throwing a menacing left handed punch against hapless Miguel Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao throwing a menacing left handed punch against hapless Miguel Cotto.

With this fascinating achievements Pacquiao cornered over the years being a world class beater makes him a shoo-in for Hall-Famer in the near future and will certainly stall him as one of the greatest fighter in the world, standing side by side with other great names in boxing like, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler.

Pacquiao (toting an impressive 50 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws with 38 knockouts) overwhelmed Cotto (which has a record of 37 wins and 2 losses, with 27 knockouts) with barrage of power punches, connecting 276 crisp punches out of 560 thrown (49%), and thoroughly made Cotto immobile with his lightning fast assault. Cotto just landed 93 of 300 (31%) power punches way below that of Pacquiao’s.

“I did not see where were coming from,” said Cotto who seems to be in awe with Pacquiao’s hard yet very rapid punches.

“It was a fought fight,” Pacquiao told reporters and added, “I’m pretty sure the people in the Philippines are celebrating now and they’re very happy.”

True enough millions of Filipinos from all walks of life were Jubilant of Pacquiao’s conquest and not even one expected Manny will lose the fight. There is fiesta all over the country and people will surely talks lofty of Pacquiao’s latest ring heroics.

Pacquiao decked Cotto twice (third and fourth round) in the fight and in the 12th round, Pacquiao unleashes series of mean combinations as the referee steps in to stop the bout. The scorecards in all of the three judges are all in favor of Pacquiao by a wide margin. Judges Adelaide Byrd had it 108-99, Duane Ford scored it 108-99, and Dave Moretti registered it 118-100, all favoring Pacquiao.

With the win a possible blockbuster bout with flamboyant Floyd Mayweather will soon be in the offing. Pacquiao’s chief ring tactician Freddie Roach wants Floyd Mayweather next as Pacquiao’s opponent, a bout which promises to bring a lot of fireworks and firepower when the two boxing superstars collide in the ring.


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      quirinocmianojr09 

      8 years ago

      manny is the true pound for pound king and boxer of the decade.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      thanks a lot Buddy for the visit...

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      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Well done, Gen. H! He's one of the greats in the history of boxing sport.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      yeah i'll be reading that for sure wait for my comment...

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      KentJacob 

      8 years ago

      Manny Pacquiao is an aberration of nature; athletes of his caliber come only once in a lifetime.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      GH< I also wrote an article about Manny, check it out,

      have a good day always! maita

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah I bet he is thanks...

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      8 years ago from Boston

      Great fight. He is the best!!

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah he is still the undisputed pound-for-pound king and perhaps one of the best ever in the sports, I think he needs to rest already for he had shown great achievements, although a possible bout with Mayweather will be his last. Thank you Ma'm for commenting and visiting my hub...

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      bingskee 

      8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      nothing beats the best pound for pound fighter. pero sana tumigil na sya sa pag boxing..

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah it is indeed Hatton was a easy target for Manny, The time you read this wasnt edited yet hayz sory for the fuss... Pacquiao will go down as one of the best boxer the world have seen. Thanks paraglider for the visit and commenting job...

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      Dave McClure 

      8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      I missed this one but saw his fight against the English guy (Hatton?) and one before that. He's certainly impressive!

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting agusfanani. I really appreciate it you know how good this Manny Pacquiao hehehe, having a great lists of name he demolished on his file is indeed a ramarkable achievement...

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      agusfanani 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      I agree that he's a great boxer. Your country is surely proud of having a phenomenal boxer like him.

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