Originally Posted by immortal tech
since fans always bring up the fight night weight and all just wondering why wouldn't he fight Cotto at normal weight knowing he wil still hydrated to about the same and weigh less the Margarito
It was after the Margarito fight in which he got badly hurt with body blows that Pacquiao said his body was to small to take the pounding of hard hitting big men like Margarito and he would no longer fight above 147 and give up 15 pounds or more in the ring. Some people were not paying attention but he meant what he said. It's not a matter of winning the fight, but a matter of your body paying a dear price even if you win. I believe it was Arum pushing the Pacquiao vs. Cotto fight and maybe Roach as well. I don't think Pacquiao had any intention of fighting Cotto at one ounce over 147. It is not that Pacquiao doesn't think he can beat Cotto at 154. Cotto is one of the best and hardest body punchers in the sport. Fighting him at 154 is exactly what Pacquiao said he would never do again right after the Margarito fight to save his body from career shortening punishment. Pacquiao is a big lightweight. He has a right to stop fighting over 147 but many on b.s. want him to fight 154 pounders. Floyd fought Cotto at 154 but Floyd is bigger than Pacquiao and he does not get hit much with body blows.