Originally Posted by HitBattousai
Certainly. He was arguably the top Welter since his lone loss to Margarito had a big asterisk and he had beaten Clottey and Mosley(in very close fights). Mosley or Clottey would be a tougher style matchup for Pac, imo, than Cotto was, but he was no doubt an elite Welter when he faced Pac.
Whether Margarito cheated vs. Cotto is irrelevant because I don't count that loss against him, what is relevant is the beating that Miguel Cotto took. I though he lost the Clottey 114-113, at the very least it was as close as the Zab-Baldomir fight.
What I feel like you do is see one opposition's faults while you don't see the others. Personally, I think De La Hoya looked twice as good coming into the Floyd fight than Cotto did coming in to the Pacquiao fight. DLH was coming off a dominating KO win over Mayorga, while Cotto was abused by Margarito, fought a bum, then had a razor thin decision against a mid-level 147 guy.