Firepower: Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto Scorecard by Addi_Bomaye


scorecard by ADDI_BOMAYE
Round
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MANNY PACQUIAO
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
108
MIGUEL COTTO
10
9
8
8
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
99

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Round 1- Cotto utilizes a strong jab from the start, while slipping the jab of Pacquiao pretty well. Pacquiao definitely shows him respect in this round, as Cotto manages to catch him with a couple of counter rights. They both throw some combos to the body, but Cotto gets the better of it when this occurs. Good start for the champion, Cotto. However, most of the remaining fight would be rather disastrous for him.

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Round 2- Cotto is the aggressor, as he looks to counter and still utilizes the jab. Once Pacquiao is able to get passed the jab, he starts to shoot the lead left. From there, he starts to build up his offense. Pacquiao gets Cotto’s attention with a left uppercut, but Cotto comes back moments later and lands a clean left hook. Pacquiao starts to put his speed and footwork to use, as he pelts Cotto with combinations and spins to his side after. Cotto is able to block several shots, but Pacquiao gets to the target frequently. Pacquiao gets in a big combination near the end, and they close the round with an exchange. Excellent round.

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Round 3- Pacquiao is now landing with his jab, and catching Cotto with his right hook. Pacquiao’s famous jab-straight left to the body-chopping right hook combo drops Cotto on all fours before Pacquiao catches him with a left uppercut on the way down. Cotto is not hurt it seems, as he takes the fight to Pacquiao right away. While Cotto lands some counters a couple of combinations, and a nice uppercut on the inside, Pacquiao is jumping in and out and tagging him consistently with his flurries, throwing Cotto off with his speed and beating him to the punch. Cotto does come back well from the knockdown he suffered, but definitely was outgunned. Big round for Pacquiao, who officially established his rhythm at this point.

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Round 4- Early on, Cotto leads Pacquiao into the ropes and tries to tee off, but Pacquiao blocks most of them with a stiff guard. Pacquiao continues to jump in and out and score with either the lead left or a quick combination, which has been an effective strategy for him thus far. Cotto is able to land some combinations of his own, particularly to the body, but the guard of Pacquiao protects him from several shots when Cotto tees off against him on the ropes. Pacquiao is willing to trade when on the ropes, taunting in his typical PacMan-fashion. A counter left hookercut rocks Cotto and drops him a second time. This knockdown clearly was more damaging than the first, but Pacquiao barely has any time to follow up after the count.

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Round 5- While Cotto does not seem to have his head fully cleared from the previous knockdown, he still comes out with good strategy in this round. He is scoring consistently with the jab, forcing the fight, and scoring with several hooks to the body. Pacquiao seems to have stepped off the gas a bit. When he throws his combinations, Cotto is able to slip and roll under a lot of his offense. A solid left hook counter from Cotto is the best punch landed in the round.

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Round 6- Pacquiao is now finding a home for the straight left and right hook to the head of Cotto, who seems to be breaking down. Whenever Cotto gets off a combination, Pacquiao is able to block most of the shots with his high guard. Pacquiao is now the one taking the role of the aggressor in most of the round, trapping Cotto on the ropes several times. A right hook rocks Cotto at one point, and Pacquiao comes back to buckle him with a big left hand near the end. Cotto responds with a combination after, but it definitely is not enough to win him the round.

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Round 7- Cotto comes out firing, but Pacquiao is able to cease his offense quickly with a hard right hook. The eyes of Cotto are now swelling. Pacquiao continues to pick off combinations on Cotto, clearly having an easier time doing so than in the first few rounds. Cotto seems to be low on answers to combat the blistering speed, power, and angles of Pacquiao’s offense, as he spends most of the round moving away and jabbing.

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Round 8- Now Cotto is content to just bounce around the ring and do his best to stay out of the way of Pacquiao’s punches. He is still occasionally throwing, yet decreases his offense even more after running into a power jab. Pacquiao is able to drive Cotto into the ropes with a series of effective left hands at one point, but Cotto escapes quickly. Pacquiao spends the rest of the round walking Cotto down, pelting his head with power shots.

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Round 9- As Cotto continues to bounce and move away, Pacquiao applies pressure from the start. Pacquiao gets in a solid left uppercut to the chin, and hurts Cotto along the ropes with a big flurry after. Though Cotto escapes, Pacquiao lands another effective flurry that traps him on the ropes once again. Pacquiao lands a straight left hand in this instance that rocks Cotto badly. Along with his swollen eyes, Cotto’s nose is now bleeding. Cotto lands a left hook that snaps back the head of Pacquiao late, but Pacquiao walks through it and walks him down for the remainder of the round. The fight is almost stopped in between rounds. Great round for Pacquiao. Sick of seeing her husband being beaten up so badly, Miguel Cotto’s wife left the arena with their son after this round.

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Round 10- Following the one-sided butchering that this fight has started to become in the past several rounds, we get the closest and tamest round of the fight. Cotto starts off well in the first minute, landing with his jab and a few right hands. While Pacquiao seems to take the first minute or so off, his pressure becomes more effective as the round goes by. He is able to land some lead left hands to the head of Cotto, and land some combinations late. Whenever he lands his power shots on Cotto, he is clearly able to disturb him. The body language of Cotto is crucial in the scoring of this round.

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Round 11- The round starts off like the last, with Cotto jabbing and moving, but Pacquiao is able to corner him and hurt him with a flurry of power shots. Though Cotto escapes, he is content to disengage for the remainder of the round, causing Pacquiao to carelessly drop his hands a few times and make the audience boo. Bruised, bloody, and cut, Cotto makes it clear in his corner that he wants to quit. His dad even tries to stop the fight, but his remaining crew shamefully forces it to go on.

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Round 12- Now Kenny Bayless seems eager to stop it, and Pacquiao even seems to glance at him, hinting it should be stopped. Before the first minute ends, Pacquiao rocks Cotto with a left. As Pacquiao starts to follow up with Cotto on the ropes, the ref jumps in and calls an end to the fight. Yet another phenomenal victory and performance by Pacquiao. This is the only credible stoppage loss of Cotto’s career in my opinion, and this is very well the best performance any fighter put up against him. The fact Cotto would come back well in his career makes this win hold weight in my opinion. Pacquiao fought a brilliant fight, as he was able to adjust quickly, outsmart Cotto throughout and break him down, while showing lots of patience. The speed, angles, and defense of Pacquiao were very impressive too. Cotto did well during the first half of the bout, but Pacquiao showed he was just a level above him. This makes for the third future hall of famer at the time that Pacquiao completely dominated and destroyed. Now a world champion in five weight classes, Pacquiao would stay here at welterweight for the remainder of his career.