Manny Pacquiao set up a mouth-watering clash with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jnr with another majestic performance.
Pacquiao totally dismantled Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in 12 one-sided rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The Filipino hero was expected to get his toughest fight yet in the 147 pounds division. But just like in his previous two bouts with Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton, Pacquiao was never really troubled by the powerful Cotto.
It was actually Cotto, 29, who was twice knocked down and his face ended in a bloody mess before referee Ken Bayless mercifully stopped the massacre 55 seconds into the 12th round.
Pacquiao’s blazing speed and power from both hands secured his seventh title in seven weight classes and cemented his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Cotto’s face was a mass of red from the blur of Pacquiao’s punches.
Pacquiao, 30, dropped Cotto with a right hand early in the third round, but he wasn’t badly hurt and came back to finish strongly.
But after Pacquiao put Cotto down with a thunderous left in the fourth, the outcome was inevitable.
He battled gamely but in the later rounds Cotto was just trying to survive as blood flowed down his face as he was pounded relentlessly.
Cayman boxing trainer Donie Anglin said: ‘If Pacquiao fights Mayweather on this form I would fancy Pacquiao. I would never got against him. He has breathtaking hand speed. Pac is an awesome fella and I don’t know who can beat him.’