MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao congratulated Miguel Cotto for his victory over Sergio Martinez of Argentina last weekend, but shot down the possibility of a rematch against the Puerto Rican star.
"Masaya ako dahil tama 'yung prediction ko," Pacquiao said with a wide smile when asked about Cotto's win over Martinez.
Cotto thoroughly dismantled the Argentine, knocking him down thrice in the opening round and again in the ninth. Martinez did not answer the bell for the 10th round, giving Cotto the victory and the middleweight championship with it.
Cotto's dominance surprised boxing analysts, many of whom had tabbed the Puerto Rican the underdog against Martinez, who has not lost a boxing match since 2009.
Pacquiao, however, was not surprised, and was somewhat dismayed when he found out that others did not share his prediction of a victory for Cotto.
"Prediction ko na 'yun," he said. "Nagtaka nga ako kung bakit iba 'yung prediction ng ibang tao, na mananalo si Martinez, kasi bubugbugin lang niya si Cotto."
Pacquiao surmised that these analysts may have underestimated Cotto, who pushed Pacquiao to the limit when they fought in 2009 but wound up losing a 12th round technical knockout.
"Sabi ko, I know Cotto. Malakas din siya. Hindi kasi nila alam na malakas din si Cotto," he said.
The "Pacman" all but shot down the possibility of fighting Cotto again, however, noting that they were now too far apart in terms of weight.
"Sa 160 siguro (si Cotto)," he said. "154 (light-middleweight), iniwanan ko nga after (Antonio) Margarito, kasi masyadong malaki lang."
Pacquiao said he is comfortable at 147 pounds (welterweight) up to 150 pounds, but 160 pounds (middleweight) is too much for him.
"Hayaan mo na siyang mag-enjoy sa timbang na iyon," Pacquiao said of Cotto. "Hayaan mo siya mag-enjoy doon, at isa na rin akong taga-suporta kay Cotto."
Aside from the obvious weight issue blocking the rematch, Pacquiao and Cotto now share a trainer, Freddie Roach, who said last year that the two men will never fight again as they are now friends and stablemates. -- From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News