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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dirty Work: Will Miguel Cotto's nasty tactics be a weapon against Manny Pacquiao?

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Let's not make Miguel Cotto out to be something more honorable and classy than he is once the bell rings. Truth be told, we all know Miguel Cotto is a dirty fighter, and an unabashed dirty fighter at that.

It's not that Miguel glorifies his "roughhouse" tactics. He doesn't. But when Miguel has had the chance, or when the temper has flared, or when he's simply needed a momentum swing, we've seen him take advantage.

Low blows against Zab Judah. A near bodyslam on Joshua Clottey. He'll lift his elbows when he has to.

When Manny Pacquiao stands across the ring from Cotto on November 14, he better be prepared for exactly that type of fight.

Cotto is an excellent fighter, a guy who adapts to his opponents as well as anyone in boxing today. After arguing and giving it thought, I might be underestimating the size advantage that Cotto will have against Pacquiao, though I still feel it's overstated by many. Bottom line, I don't think size will win the fight for Cotto. He'll have to earn it with skill.

Pacquiao, lightning fast, very strong, and very intelligent, will make Cotto work. He's a southpaw with a distinct advantage in hand speed, much like Judah was against Cotto. When Zab challenged Miguel, some vicious low blows came into the equation. Cotto, iceman that he is, showed no emotion over his foul play.

It is what it is.

What happens when Miguel brings these tactics to Pacquiao? Could this be a not-so-secret weapon to try and turn the tide should Manny's speed dominate the early going?

I think you have to expect it, and I think Pacquiao and Freddie Roach have to prepare to combat it, and to stay out of the wheelhouse, as it were, as much as they possibly can. What Cotto may not have in speed, he might make up for by getting into Pacquiao's head and taking him into a fight he simply doesn't want.

As if Manny doesn't have enough to worry about against Cotto, the fighter Freddie Roach is calling the toughest Manny has had to date.

Source: badlefthook.com


  1. the only thing that pacquiao has to do is to strenghten his right hand put more power on it and work it out until it make damages like a his left hand and he knows where to hit cotto and be aware of cotto's dirty style. the tendency when boxer deliver a low blow when he is close to the opponent, like head to head and toe to toe, so pacquiao should make a distance if it is necessary because sometimes low blow can change your fight,once you got hit in the groin it really hurts.boxers use protector but still it hurts.i think jabs can maintain the distance, you can use fake jab or real jab, the difference between these two jabs is that, real jab, it really landed but fake jab is just to fake in order to find an openning and throw the big shot.if pacman maintain his speed and power in this fight cotto will gonna suffer so much because if speed and power will combine cotto can't prepare himself for consecutive punches landed in his face because before he try to punch, pacman's punches already landed,maybe two or three.

  2. Are you kidding me???!!! Do you guys even read or for that matter believe the crap that you write? How the hell can say that Cotto is a dirty fighter? The low blows he hit Judah with were accidental.And he did apologize to Judah with that boxer bow that they do. What is it with this site is everyone on Pacquiao's jock? You got one fool basically saying that Cotto is a second rate boxer,now we have this fool saying that Cotto is 'dirty'.Can you people please do some research before you write any more idiotic articles? Or at least hire someone who is a sports reporter and not just some band wagon jumper off the street...CHUMP!!!

  3. yah.. men .. youre correct, cotto is not a dirty fighter... of course yo're a pro porto ricans... but if you see the fight of judah & clottey you will sense the dirty tactics of cotto.... mind you cotto will apply that again, but he 'l prepare the bombshell of manny that explode like an atomic bomb...see you on nov. 14 men... or if you want to fight me will meet at the caguas plaza, ok... i'm a puerto ricans but i admired manny pacquiao...