I have never been a HUGE fan of Manny Pacquiao until I watched him get ready to walk down the ring to fight against a bigger Miguel Cotto and inevitably slay another Goliath for a 12th Round TKO to win an unprecedented 7th division title. His latest triumph catapulted him as one of the best boxers of all-time. Yes, of ALL-TIME, that’s how historic Pacquiao’s achievements are. Pretty good coming from a scrawny 106 pound Pinoy who started boxing at the age of 16, huh? (see the link below for a video by TIME on the Rise of Manny Pacquiao)
With a huge smile on his face, seemingly unfazed and distracted by the raucous full capacity crowd of 16,200 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pacquiao walked down the ring confidently like nothing was riding on the bout that was about to commence. Miguel Cotto, on the other hand, looked like any other boxer out there with a face and demeanor that could kill. But just like all the other bigger, meaner-looking opponents of his, Manny still came out on top in the end, beating his foe with unbelievable quickness and devastating punching power.
Pacquiao bludgeoned Cotto to submission to the point that his opponent practically ran from him. And the reign of another champion ended in the 12th round via TKO as Manny raised a record 7th different division title. CompuBox actually came out with some stats that showed how lopsided the victory was. Take a look at the chart below:
And with that, Manny Pacquiao became legendary. Not because of the opponent he beat yet again, but because of holding 7 different titles in 7 different weight categories. That is unprecedented and will probably never be surpassed. And in case you’re curious where it all started, his trek began from flyweight (1), junior featherweight (2), featherweight (3), junior lightweight (4), lightweight (5), junior welterweight (6), and now welterweight (7). And Manny says this will be the last weight division for him to move up to.
It seems blasphemous to say he is as great as Ali, but when you look at his record and his unique accomplishments, he might just be. I was just a fan before this match, but now I’m glad to say that I’m part of his HUGE fan base not only because of his ability, but also because of his humility in victory and zest for life.