Manny Pacquiao, the legendary Filipino boxer, has faced numerous formidable opponents throughout his career, including Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. However, there is one fighter who left a lasting impact on Pacquiao.
In 2009, Pacquiao went head-to-head with Miguel Cotto in a highly anticipated match. Despite ultimately emerging victorious, Pacquiao admitted that Cotto hit him the hardest out of all his opponents.
Pacquiao recalled his experience, saying, "I can still feel some of those punches he threw at me. Staying on the ropes is not the best place to be when you are fighting him. He’s also accurate. He’s incredible."
A Dominant Performance
During the fight, Pacquiao showcased his skills by dropping Cotto in both the third and fourth rounds. Although he emerged triumphant, the impact of Cotto's punches lingered with Pacquiao long after the fight concluded.
Cotto, a Puerto Rican boxer, began his boxing journey at the age of 11 and went on to have a successful career, becoming a four-weight champion.
The End of an Era
Pacquiao's illustrious career came to a close in 2021 when he faced Yordenis Ugas in a world title fight. Unfortunately, Pacquiao lost via unanimous decision, marking the end of an era. With a record of 62–8–2, including 39 wins by knockout, Pacquiao's legacy in the sport is secure, and he is assured a place in the hall of fame.