Michael Woods of NyFightBlog.com reported a credible source told him that he is “sure” that WBO world welterweight champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will meet Puerto Rican icon and WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto in a rematch sometime in the early-summer.
Pacquiao, (54-3-2, 38 KOs), the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, eked out an extremely controversial majority decision victory over WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
A few weeks later on December 3, Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) retained his belt and earned revenge versus “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito with a 10th round TKO in their grudge contest before an electric crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
An argument can be made that Cotto, a four-time world champion in three weight divisions, has never been fairly trumped in the squared circle.
In curious fashion, the native of Caguas “lost” his first bout as a professional against Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) by a savage 11th round TKO in July 2008.
Roughly seven months after his disturbingly violent thrashing of Cotto, Margarito had his boxing license justifiably revoked by the California State Athletic Commission in February 2009 after it was discovered that he attempted to scrap former three-division titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a plaster-like substance inside of his hand wraps.
Fortunately, “Margacheato” was caught and proven to be a cowardly charlatan by officials at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the match began and he had the opportunity to seriously injure Mosley (46-7-1-1, 39 KOs) with his cement fists.
Cotto, who was a visibly different prizefighter after Margarito hit him a few hundred times with cinder blocks, suffered the second loss of his career by a brutal 12th round TKO to Pacquiao in November 2009.
There is not a shred of sustainable evidence to prove that Pacquiao has ever used performance enhancing drugs.
Nevertheless, a thick air of suspicion throughout the boxing community has long shrouded “Pac-Man’s” development and ascension as a dominant prizefighter.
Since he pulverized and outclassed Margarito, Cotto has now recorded five victories against one defeat since his corrupt tangle with the evil Mexican nearly four years ago.
Roger “Pitt” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron is confident that Cotto is far from a spent prizefighter.
“Cotto isn’t done yet,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “He proved that against Margarito. The cheater got what he deserved.”
If the camps for Pacquiao and WBC world welterweight titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather ridiculously can’t come to an agreement, Cotto-Pacquiao II would be an intriguing clash.
It is fair to predict that Cotto has been reinvigorated as a prizefighter since he vanquished his demons and blasted Margarito.
The current, and newfound, version of Miguel Cotto is an entirely different fighter than the one Manny Pacquiao abused more than two years ago.
Win, lose or draw, boxing fans can be “sure” of that.
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