History | Nov 14 2019

On This Day: Brilliant Manny Pacquiao halts brave Miguel Cotto in the final round

Matt Christie looks back on a violent and spectacular win for Manny Pacquiao over a courageous Miguel Cotto
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Cotto-Pacquiao  |  Chris Cozzone/USA Today Sports

ON November 14, 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto met in a welterweight superfight. The Puerto Rican’s WBO welterweight title was on the line as Pacquiao – who began his professional career as a wiry flyweight – was aiming for a major title in a seventh weight class.

“HIS weaknesses are obvious to me,” said Cotto. “He lost to Erik Morales in their first fight, had a draw with Juan Manuel Marquez and then a razor-thin victory in the rematch. Pacquiao faced a very tired and aged Oscar De La Hoya. Then Ricky Hatton, an overrated fighter. Against me the story will be different. It will be war.”

COTTO retained that unerring determination from the moment the fight was signed, right up until the fight was over. He promised to win, “For the glory of Puerto Rico.”


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