Even Cotto though, seemed to get put up on this pedestal before this fight as being some sort of beast of a welterweight. Cotto did box Mosley's ears off and looked great doing it but does anybody think that would happen again? Was Mosley still sluggish because he was getting his body adjusted to 147 (it was only his 2nd fight at WW in 5 years)? Who else did Cotto beat that was significant at WW? He slipped by Clottey, beat Gomez and Jennings (who and who), beat Quintana a decent fighter, and Super Judah (when does he show up for big fights?).
I guess in short, Pacquiao was a 2.5 to 1 favorite for a reason and he showed that last night. While it certainly was a great win and a spectacular performance I'm not ready to come to tears discussing it (Jim Lampley) but rather now want to see him do it against some real WWs, much the same as we ask any great fighter. The biggest difference is that I think Pacquiao wants those fights as well.
Some other observations...
- I know Pacquiao started at 106 but let's not forget he was 16 years old. Going up 39 pounds and winning a title is certainly impressive but I know I gained 40 pounds easy since I was 16 ;-).
- Did Pacquiao really look like the smaller man in there? Cotto's shoulders did seem broader but when you look at all the measurements (height, reach, fist, etc. etc.) they were pretty much equal. Pacquiao says that he walks around at 145, which gives him the disadvantage of not ballooning up after the initial weigh-in but also gives him a nice advantage of being totally comfortable and not having to drain prior to the fight. Sure seems to be working well.
- Pacquiao's hand speed is great, his combination speed is phenomenal. When he throws combinations they are rarely less than 4 punches and it when he throws that big left he is able to slip by the opponents left shoulder using his momentum so he isn't there to be countered. I'm not sure how anybody can stop that.
- You think Marquez still wants to fight Pacquiao? I think Pacman would destroy him at whatever weight as he has grown so much as fighter just in the last year.
- Once again...Lampley crying? You have got to be f'n kidding. Can HBO please look into getting rid of both him and Steward? Steward brings up his past fighters every chance he gets and Lampley falls over himself trying to hype up HBO cash cows. Crying though? Come on.
- $65 PPV and that was the card? Arum should be ashamed. What an absolute joke. Luckily I had about 5 people over to split up the cost but still if you are going to charge $65 let's get some real fighters on there.